Thai language Facts for Life website launched
Bangkok, 6 October 2011 – Facts for Life, the UNICEF publication that provides authoritative information about practical, effective and low-cost ways to protect children's lives and health, is now available on-line in Thai.
The website, launched by the National Institute for Child and Family Development (NIFCD), Mahidol University and UNICEF Thailand on 3 October 2011 at Royal River Hotel, is at http://www.factsforlifethai.cf.mahidol.ac.th
Developed by UNICEF and seven other UN agencies, Facts for Life is a handbook that provides vital messages and practical information that parents, caregivers, and communities should know about child care and child development. In Thailand, UNICEF supported NICFD to develop the 4th edition of the publication as a website so that the information can be accessed easily by the public.
Local health workers and volunteers will be able to use Facts for Life website to provide vital messages and information that help promote positive behaviours and practices that can save and protect the lives of children and help them grow and develop to their full potential.
“Information from Facts for Life has been used to save lives of children all over the world, and it has been translated into over 200 languages,” said Tomoo Hozumi, UNICEF Thailand Representative. “We know that the information in it can also be of much benefit to all children in Thailand.”
The Facts for Life website provides information on 15 essential topics, including family planning, safe motherhood and newborn health, early childhood development, breastfeeding, nutrition, hygiene, HIV/AIDS, child protection and injury prevention.
Dr. Nittaya Kotchabhakdi, who managed the project to develop the Facts for Life website, said the information on it has been revised a bit to take into account the situation of children in Thailand and the recommendations of experts from the Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Ministry of Education and the Royal College of Pediatricians.
“For example, in the global version, the chapter about mosquito borne diseases mostly focuses on malaria,” Dr. Nittaya said. “So we added more information on dengue fever, which is a more serious problem in Thailand. We also developed a new chapter on adolescents, which is not in the global version.”
Dr. Pradit Winichakoon, Deputy Director General, Department of Health, said the Facts for Life website will be very beneficial to local level health officers, who will help to use it to help disseminate information in areas where the internet is not accessible.
“This is a trusted source of information that health officers can use at both the provincial level and at Tambon Health Promotion Hospitals,” Dr. Pradit said. “If they want to create an exhibition about certain health topics, they can use the practical and easy to understand messages on the website.”
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