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Mahidol University in Collaboration with National Health Commission Office Organized Forum on "Global Situation: H1N1 Flu 2009" Staging and Addressing Public Policy

 

 



 


May 12th, 2009

         Mahidol University, Salaya Campus - Clin. Prof. Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, M.D., President of Mahidol University and Dr. Amphon Jindawatthana, Acting Secretary-General, National Health Commission signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on "Development of Public Policy Toward Wisdom of the Land,” as well as organized the first Salaya Public Policy Forum “Global Situation: H1N1 Flu 2009." Both public and private sectors attended the forum.

         Prof. Piyasakol stated that Mahidol University is an academic institution with many disciplines that aim to excel in health, sciences, arts, and innovation with integrity for the betterment of Thai society and the benefit of mankind. Mahidol’s determination is to become wisdom of the land. Our vision is to create the channel and encourage public policy development process, using the available knowledge in the University to drive the communication and information out to the public. With this important responsibility, collaboration between Mahidol University and the National Health Commission to develop public policy that would benefit the society occurred. This collaboration gave rise to the public forum entitled, “Salaya Public Policy Forum” with the hope to identify critical issue and present recommendations that would affect the public and every sectors. Mahidol University would play a central for those who are interested in learning and taking part in important issue that affect the society, the university, the community, and our nation.

Public Policy has a broad impact, and while many aspects positively affect the society, others may have undesired impact. The process in developing public policy thus must base on knowledge, social participation, having righteous goal as well as benefit the whole without resort to person gain. Prof. Dr. Pravet Vasee once stated that three components are critical in creating suitable public policy: academia, civil society, and the state and political components. If these parts could integrate to formulate wisdom along with gaining support from the civil society through public channel and disclosed political opportunity, good public policy process could bring endless possibilities for development to the society.

 

Prof. Piyasakol added that since the past, the university as an academic institution has not play a role in public policy much. Most of the time, initiation and responsibility relied on individual faculty member. Thus, Mahidol University as an independent academic institute should play a role in public policy as a "middle person with knowledge." We should identify the problem and proceed to establish public policy accordingly; in which it is based on study of different approaches at the community and national level. By addressing various issues, rationales must outweigh opinion, and knowledge presented is free from conflict of interest. Public policy is driven on economic and social basis, employing science and technology on top of innovation. Mahidol University should be the thrust in pushing every sector to cooperatively solve the matter. We must push the capacity of our country as well as build the quality of life. We must develop database, collect data, analyze data and synthesize data. A valid and just evaluation system is also necessary, and it must be practical. Policy proposal submission process along with application of policy must follow through.

For the first Salaya Public Policy Forum, this event selected “Global Situation: H1N1 Flu 2009” as the topic of discussion due to the fact that global spread of Influenza A(H1N1) is rapid and serious. The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised the level of influenza pandemic alert to phase 5, which is human-to-human spread of the virus. The current situation impacts the global public health and economy. Participants of the forum include Dr. Pasakorn Akarasewi, M.D., Director of Bureau of Epidemiology, Prof. Yong Poovorawan, M.D., The Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Prof. Prasert Auewarakul, M.D., Director of Institute of Science and Technology for Research and Development, Mahidol University, Prof. Sasithon Pukrittayakamee, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Mr. Kridsada Chaichoune, D.V.M., Faculty of Veterinary Science, Mahidol University, Assoc.Prof. Dr. Chai Podhisita, Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Mr. Praphan Tangjaruwatanachai, President of The Swine Raisers Association of Nakhon Pathom Province, and Dr. Chatree Charoensiri, Modulator.

Post Date : May 19, 2009


 
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