World Health & Population

World Health & Population 16(1) September 2015 : 62-71.doi:10.12927/whp.2015.24316
Research Paper

Thai Health Promotion Foundation: Innovative Enabler for Health Promotion

Sakol Sopitarchasak, Supreda Adulyanon and Tananart Lorthong


Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth), founded in 2001, is the first organization of its kind in Asia and serves as an innovative enabler to enhance health promotion and a healthy society and environment for all people in Thailand. This paper describes ThaiHealth’s structure, accomplishments and lessons learned to help inform other settings in their national health promotion efforts.

Established under the Health Promotion Act, ThaiHealth’s budget is obtained from surcharge excise taxes on tobacco and alcohol, a financial mechanism that facilitates a sustainable funding source for ThaiHealth to continuously support health promotion programs. The Foundation provides its partners financial and technical support and ongoing monitoring and evaluation. ThaiHealth aims to facilitate sustainability by promoting structural change. Its tri-power strategy, knowledge creation, social mobilization and policy advocacy, is central to ThaiHealth’s working scheme. 



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