Avian and pandemic influenza
UNICEF recognizes the threats from emerging infectious diseases such as Avian and Pandemic Influenza towards children and families in Thailand. To keep children safe from any outbreak, we have joined hands with local communities, the government and other development agencies to support implementation of Thailand’s Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Plan.
Since 2009, the project has strengthened communication programmes at the community level and has helped improve personal hygiene practices and systems for the monitoring and surveillance of Avian and Human Influenza (A/H1N1). With UNICEF support, more than 10,000 village health volunteers and migrant health volunteers/workers nation-wide were trained to help prevent the spread of avian and pandemic influenza. Thousands of sets of communication materials, including posters, pamphlets and leaflets on A/H1N1 were developed in several languages and disseminated to local health workers and communities in an effort to minimize the decrease the risk and spread of infection.