Thailand

 INFORMAS in Thailand

Food provision, Food retail, Food labelling, Food Composition, Food trade and Investment, Food Promotion, and Food price modules

Food provision, Food retail, Food labelling, Food Composition, Food trade and Investment, Food Promotion, and Food price modules) is run by a group of researchers from the International Health Policy Program (IHPP).

Responsible persons are as follows;

  • Ms Suladda Pongutta: Food provision, Food retail, Food labelling, Food Composition
  • Dr Chutima Akaleephan: Food trade and Investment
  • Ms Nongnuch Jaichuen: Food Promotion
  • Ms Watinee Khunpeuk: Food price

INFORMAS has been fully implemented in Thailand with all 9 modules as part of the most comprehensive survey of the healthiness of food environments. Thai team has engaged potential authorities, both health and non-health sectors, who could be responsible for long-term monitoring. In addition, we have involved experts and non-governmental sectors to actively participate and support the initiative including technical experts from leading universities, independent research institutions, and a non-profit funding agency.

Data collection of all modules mentioned above was completed in 2015 and all reports (except Food trade and Investment) were submitted to the funder and stakeholders, and published in 2016. Some of the findings (Food labelling, Food Composition and Food Marketing) have been submitted to peer-review journals and is under review.

Ms Suladda PonguttaMs Suladda Pongutta

Manager and researcher

Food and Nutrition Policy for Health Promotion Program,    International Health Policy Program, Ministry of Public Health Thailand

Phone: +662 5902308, mobile +668 6973 6812

Email: suladda@ihpp.thaigov.net


Dr Chutima AkaleephanDr Chutima Akaleephan

Senior researcher

International Trade and Health Program,    International Health Policy Program, Ministry of Public Health Thailand

Phone: +662 5902378, mobile +668 1443 1766

Email: chutima@ihpp.thaigov.net


Ms Nongnuch JaichuenMs Nongnuch Jaichuen

Researcher in food marketing policy

International Health Policy Program

Ministry of Public Health Thailand

Phone: +6625902376 mobile +66 81 828 1560

Email:  nongnuch@ihpp.thaigov.net


Ms Watinee KunpeukMs Watinee Kunpeuk

Researcher

Food and Nutrition Policy for Health Promotion Program,    International Health Policy Program, Ministry of Public Health Thailand

Phone: +662 5902308 mobile +668 3008 4578

Email:  watinee@ihpp.thaigov.net

Outputs Table

Module Status (as of 08/17) Outputs
Food provision and Food retail Report published 1
Food labelling and Food Composition –      Report published

–      Manuscript submitted

2
Food trade and Investment Writing up report
Food Promotion –      Report published

–      Manuscript submitted

2
Food prices Report published 1
  1. S.Pongutta, P. Chongwatpol, P, Tantayapirak & S. Vandevijvere. (2018). Declaration of nutrition information on and nutritional quality of Thai ready-to eat packaged food products. Public health Nutrition, 21(8), 1409-1417.  DOI.org/10.1017/S1368980017003792
  2. Jaichuen N, Vandevijvere S, Kelly B, Vongmongkol V, Phulkerd S, Tangchareonsatien V. Unhealthy Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages Advertising on Children, Youth and Family free and digital Television Programs in Thailand. BMC Public Health (under review)
  • Food and Nutrition Policy for Health Promotion Program
  • International Health Policy Program, Ministry of Public Health of Thailand
  • Food and Drug Administration, Ministry of Public Health of Thailand
  • National Electronics and Computer Technology Center
  • Thai Health Promotion Foundation
  • Mahidol University
  • Prince of Songkla University
  • Ubon Ratchathani Rajabhat University

Public and private sector policy modules

Public and private sector policy modules are parts of the broader INFORMAS project in Thailand, which includes monitoring of key characteristics of food environments and monitoring of private sector policies and actions. The policy modules are run by Ms Sirinya Phulkerd, Ms Nongnuch Jaichuen and Ms Nisachol Cetthakrikul.

The Thailand policy team involved Thai experts and stakeholders in food and nutrition policy and public health-related areas from both governmental and non-governmental sectors in the policy modules. Government officials involved were from various government agencies and ministries. The experts and stakeholders from non-governmental sector include university professors, lecturers and senior researchers at major Thai universities, researchers at independent research institutions, and representatives of non-profit governmental organisations.

The data collection and analysis for Food-EPI and assessment of private-sector policies and practices including corporate political activities of food industry were completed during 2016. The final reports were submitted to the funders. The policy team currently disseminates the results through journal articles and policy briefs.

Ms Sirinya PhulkerdMs Sirinya Phulkerd

Institute for Population and Social Research

Mahidol University

Phone: +66 2 441 0201 4 ext. 518, mobile +66 61 970 5270

Email: sirinya_phulkerd@yahoo.comsirinya.phu@mahidol.ac.th


Ms Nongnuch JaichuenMs Nongnuch Jaichuen

Researcher in food marketing policy

International Health Policy Program

Ministry of Public Health Thailand

Phone: +66 2 590 2376 mobile +66 81 828 1560

Email:  nongnuch@ihpp.thaigov.net


Ms Nisachol CetthakrikulMs Nisachol Cetthakrikul

Researcher in breastfeeding policy

International Health Policy Program

Ministry of Public Health Thailand

Phone: +66 2 590 2376, mobile +66 (0) 81 570 7703

Email:  nisachol@ihpp.thaigov.net

Module Status (as of 02/17) Outputs
Public Sector (Food EPI) Outputs published 1,2
Private Sector Outputs 4,5

 

  1. Phulkerd S, Vandevijvere S, Lawrence M, Tangcharoensathien V, Sacks G. Level of implementation of best practice policies for creating healthy food environments: assessment by state and non-state actors in Thailand. Public Health Nutr. 2017 Feb;20(3):381-390.
  2. Phulkerd S, Tangcharoensathien V. Policy Brief. Assessing Thai Government’s Performance in Tackling Obesity and Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs): Level of Implementation of Food Environment Policy & Major Recommendations (now available in English; Thai version will be released soon). August 2017
  3. Phulkerd S, Jaichuen N, Cetthakrikul N, Tangcharoensathien V. Report on private sector on title “Assessment of food industry policies and practices to create healthy food environments for preventing obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases in Thailand.”. (now available in English on IHPP website). December 2016.
  4. Jaichuen N, Phulkerd S, Cetthakrikul N, Sacks G, Tangcharoensathien V. Corporate political activity of major food companies in Thailand: an assessment and policy recommendations. Globalization and Health Journal (under review)

 

  • Food and Nutrition Policy for Health Promotion Program
  • International Health Policy Program, Ministry of Public Health Thailand
  • Thai Health Promotion Foundation
  • World Health Organization Thailand
  • Deakin University Postgraduate Research Scholarship
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