Public-Private Collaboration to Combat Diabetes & Obesity in Thailand: Insights from the Danish Embassy Seminar

2023-11-12 20:05:00

At the Danish Embassy in Thailand Thung Maha Mek Subdistrict, Sathon District, Bangkok Danish Embassy in Thailand together withDiabetes Association of Thailand Thai Noncommunicable Disease Network Association and Novo Nordisk Pharma Thailand organized a seminar on the topic “Collaboration between the public and private sectors To eliminate the burden of diabetes and obesity in Thailand” Due to world diabetes day (World Diabetes Day), which falls on November 14 every year.

The discussion stage is as follows. It is a mobilization of cooperation from all sectors. Both the public and private sectors and medical experts to provide accurate knowledge about Diabetes, obesity, and chronic non-communicable diseases (or NCDs) and is ready to support the government and partners to jointly solve the problem of reducing the rate of diabetic patients. Increase your chances of accessing treatment and the right to disburse funds, with Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Jadej Thamthatcharee, Secretary-General of the National Health Security Office (NHSO). Participate in a forum to provide health policy information and driving the Thai public health system

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“Denmark” praises success of Steno Diabetes Center health care center

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Jon Thorgord, Ambassador of Denmark to Thailand
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Mr. Jon Thorgaard, Ambassador of Denmark to Thailand, said that the goal of this event is Emphasis on the importance of cooperation between the public and private sectors. To solve complex health care problems Especially diabetes, obesity and other chronic diseases. Ready to support and connect with international partners. and share public health information to jointly improve the quality of life of people in society.

Emphasize the importance of innovation Cooperation between the public and private sectors and balancing the sustainability of health, which “Sustainable health care” This is a commitment to a shared future for all. The Danish government has successfully created public-private partnerships through the Steno Diabetes Center in Copenhagen, supported by the Novo Foundation. Ordisk works closely with the government to raise the quality and efficiency of the public health service system. To be able to support patients and expand access to services for people with chronic illnesses. It has been certified by the World Economic Forum’s Global Coalition for Value in Healthcare as a center. who is a world leader creating health care innovations that value human beings

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“Diabetes School” provides knowledge to patients

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Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health said that creating cooperation between the public and private sectors (Public-Private Partnership: PPP) by adding “people” or People is the key. and emphasize sharing knowledge among each other Because it is the main factor for long-term health sustainability. This is because diabetes and obesity are considered behavioral diseases.

Therefore, it is necessary to change behavior from oneself. Create an environment that encourages increased physical movement in daily life. and allow society or the community to help stimulate positive behavior together. The Ministry of Public Health has initiated the project “Diabetes School” to educate diabetic patients in the community to take care of themselves. As well as promoting the use of digital technology in public health to increase efficiency in care.

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Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health

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Novo Nordisk cooperates with the government sector Create a screening system

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Enrico Canal Bruland, Vice Chairman and General Manager, Novo Nordisk Pharma Thailand Co., Ltd.

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Mr. Enrico Cañal Bruland, Vice Chairman and General Manager of Novo Nordisk Pharma Thailand Company Limited, said that it is a global healthcare challenge to drive Make changes for good health today. and for future generations through innovative integrated treatments and prevention. Not only diabetes but also includes obesity and other NCDs.

In Thailand, Novo Nordisk has been operating for 40 years and has partnered with the Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Public Health in the Affordability Project to provide patients with access to effective screening, diagnosis and treatment for diabetes in rural areas. including providing knowledge on health care and diabetes treatment to medical personnel and related persons To make patient care more efficient This helps reduce the cost burden on the Thai public health system.

The Affordability Project has a period of 3 years from 2022 – 2025 and has set common goals in 3 areas: (1) there are a total of 53,000 people screened, covering an area of ​​21 provinces (2) there are Medical personnel and those involved in caring for a total of 7,000 patients and (3) there are 7,000 patients who have diabetes and are under intensive control of their sugar levels.

From the first year of the project It was found that there is still a need to create awareness about screening. and propose data management for use in tracking and auditing To reduce duplication of related departments As well as increasing the budget to support the number of volunteers who are screening in the area.

For the Steno Diabetes Center in Copenhagen, Denmark. counted as an example A successful collaboration between the Danish government and the Novo Nordisk Foundation, the center has been designed with various dimensions in mind. In taking care of your health meticulously To focus on improving diabetes care and diabetes research to increase the overall quality of life for diabetic patients.

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Forecast: “Obesity” threatens the Thai economy. Cost of treatment soars

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From the BMJ Global Health report (2021), it is stated that in the year 2603 If Thailand does not change significantly The economic impact of obesity is expected to grow to 4.9% of GDP in Thailand. This includes direct costs of health care. and indirect costs such as lost productivity from inefficient use of labor. or absence from work from people who need treatment for obesity And if obesity prevalence is reduced by 5% from expected levels or maintained at 2019 levels, economic costs will decrease by an average of 5.2% and 13.2% per year between 2020 and 2060, respectively.

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1 in 11 people suffer from diabetes.

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Prof. Emeritus Dr. Wanee Nithiyanan, President of the Diabetes Association of Thailand

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Prof. Emeritus Dr. Wanee Nithiyanan, President of the Diabetes Association of Thailand, said that the prevalence of type 2 diabetes caused by obesity and lifestyle problems is likely to increase. The rate of new patients is approximately one hundred thousand people per year. Currently, there are approximately 5.2 million Thai people with diabetes, or 1 in 11 Thai people aged 15 years and over are suffering from diabetes. Of these, more than 40% do not know that they are sick.

While only 54.1% or only 2.8 million people received diagnosis and treatment, only 1 in 3 people were able to achieve their treatment goals. As a result, the death rate from diabetes in Thailand is as many as 200 people per day. We believe that joining forces of all parties to jointly solve the problem is a good solution that will help reduce the rate of people with diabetes, obesity, and NCDs in order to raise the level. The quality of life of patients and Thai society is improved sustainably, in line with the 9 operational goals of the World Health Organization (WHO) to prevent and control the situation of non-communicable diseases at the global level by 2025.

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The side effects of “obesity” spread in every direction.

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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phet Rodaree, President of the Thai Noncommunicable Disease Network Association, said that the incidence of obesity in Thailand has increased by more than 30 percent, or there are more than 20 million people with obesity, leading to the risk of NCDs, including: diabetes, high blood pressure High blood fat cardiovascular disease and cancer. These diseases also threaten the sustainability of Thailand’s universal health insurance system.

Currently, more than half of the budget is spent on treating NCDs and this has also had a huge impact on the business sector. While the current solution is still defensive. Most patients still do not realize that “Obesity is a disease. that must be treated.” The Thai public health system requires cooperation from all sectors to find ways to prevent disease before it occurs. Policies to deal with obesity and NCDs should be urgently implemented.

Including setting clear measures or policy frameworks, such as taxes on sugar, sodium, and the consumption of foods with appropriate nutrition. Including promoting physical exercise. Educating the public and managing the environment that is conducive to good health Taking into consideration public health is the key.

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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phet Rodaree, President of the Thai Noncommunicable Disease Network Association

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Emphasizing awareness among the people at heart is important.

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Dr. Jadej Thamthatcharee, Secretary-General of the National Health Security Office (NHSO), said that the role of the agency emphasizes working with the public and private sectors. To create a sustainable health care system It will help reduce the burden of budget expenses. Including if there are new medicines that has higher efficiency at an affordable price It will help budget allocation be worthwhile.

NHSO still needs budget support. Because they want to seek good quality medicine and new technology. at a reasonable price To increase the opportunity for people to access treatment more comprehensively. and sees that it is an important factor in solving the problems of diabetes and obesity It requires creating awareness and understanding for people to take care of themselves. In order to control sugar better Currently, the target is achieved at 22% and wants to reach 40%, which requires cooperation from all sectors. to be effective

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Dr. Jadej Thamthatcharee, Secretary-General of the National Health Security Office (NHSO).

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Danish Embassy in Thailand Together with the Diabetes Association of Thailand Thai Noncommunicable Disease Network Association and Novo Nordisk Pharma Thailand organized a seminar on the topic “Collaboration between the public and private sectors To eliminate the burden of diabetes and obesity in Thailand” on World Diabetes Day.

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