BANGKOK, 6 November 2019 – UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, Fayaz King, today met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health, Anutin Charnveerakul, to strengthen collaboration between UNICEF and the Ministry of Public Health so that every child has access to quality health care and services. During the meeting, which took place at the Prime Minister’s Office, the two parties discussed ways to integrate digital technology to promote health knowledge, while stepping up efforts to protect children, among them migrant children and children living in the border areas, from disease outbreaks including vaccine-preventable diseases.
Additionally, the meeting highlighted the need to promote the Early Moments Matter on Mobile (EMMM) online platform, launched earlier this year to provide childcare knowledge across the child’s various developmental stages, at all public hospitals to ensure that parents sign up to the platform to receive critical information.
The Minister and UNICEF Deputy Executive Director also discussed the importance of collaboration with the private sector to bring new ideas and innovation, such as the use of digital platforms, to bring health information and services to children and adolescents.
At the meeting, UNICEF expressed its commitment to support MOPH and other agencies involved in the management of the database and response system for screening children and families at risk of abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
Furthermore, to address challenges faced by migrant children in accessing health services, UNICEF reiterated the need to strengthen policies and systems, to ensure that all children in Thailand, including migrant children, have access to quality services through health insurance.
During his one-week visit to Thailand, Mr. King also traveled to Mae Sot district in Tak Province where he met with migrant children and families being supported by UNICEF and partners, and learned about the challenges they face as well as ongoing initiatives aimed at promoting quality learning and health services for children in migrant communities.
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