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Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

            Our contribution to the Thai society in the area of health and wellness goes beyond the physical well-being as we know every human being is made up body and soul.  
            Our social contribution in this area can be further divided into two parts: health awareness and humanitarian assistance.
            Health Awareness
                Besides occasional health education events on various disease topics for the benefit of the general public, Pfizer Thailand Foundation and the New York-based Pfizer Foundation sponsor trainings on cancer treatment and patient care in cooperation with the American Cancer Society (ACS) under the project “Global Health Partnership – Thailand Cancer Control”.
            The Foundation also supports the establishment of electronic libraries at Phramongkutklao Hospital and Rajavithi Hospital through which interested members of the general public can learn about health protection and disease prevention free of charge.  The libraries also provide online access for medical professionals to search and retrieve information from medical journals and reports for academic and professional use.
            Humanitarian Assistance
            Pfizer Thailand Foundation occasionally donates medicines for natural disaster victims such as in the aftermath of the Tsunami tragedy.  At that time, we donated over 400 million baht of cash and over two billion baht worth of medical equipment and medicines to humanitarian and disaster-relief organizations with the support from the US-based Pfizer Foundation.  For children, we also offered scholarships to poor students whose parents have been adversely affected by the natural disaster.  For others, we worked with the Public Health Ministry’s Department of Mental Health to establish a two-year Mental Health Recovery Center in Phang Nga province to help Tsunami disaster victims psychologically recover from the trauma.
            We also sponsor the establishment and day-to-day operation of “Home of Love” where families of children with chronic diseases can stay together during, before and after treatment for the benefit of the young patients.  The provision of the holistically operated home stay facility inside the premise of the Srinagarind Hospital in Khon Kaen is a necessity as most of those who have to travel long distance for treatment.
 
 
GLOBAL HEALTH PARTNERSHIP – THAILAND CANCER CONTROL
            Under this 21 million-baht health initiative, Pfizer Thailand Foundation and the New York-based Pfizer Foundation in cooperation with the American Cancer Society (ACS) provided trainings on cancer treatment and patient care to medical staff and nursing volunteers at five non-profit cancer-treatment organizations in Thailand for three years, starting from September 2008.  They include:
            1)      The Heart to Heart Foundation
            2)      The Queen Sirikit Center for Breast Cancer  
            3)      Chulabhorn Hospital
            4)      The Thai Society of Clinical Oncology  
            5)      The Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University
 
            The trainings on cancer treatment and patient care helped make it possible to set up nursing volunteer groups in which volunteer members take turns to look after poor cancer patients at medical facilities in remote areas of Thailand.  Not only this helps make up for the insufficiency of nursing staff in rural areas but also strengthens bond among people within the communities.
 
 
HOME STAY FOR CHILDREN WITH CHRONIC DISEASES AND THEIR PARENTS
            The Foundation sponsors the establishment and day-to-day operation of “Home of Love,” located inside the premise of the Srinagarind Hospital which is the main teaching hospital for the Khon Kaen University’s Faculty of Medicine.  
 
            The home stay facility allows children with immune deficiency (little or no ability to fight diseases) to stay with their visiting parents during long periods of medical treatment at the Srinagarind Hospital in Khon Kaen province.  The majority of these parents are villagers will low income and have to travel long distances to visit their children who are receiving continued medical treatment at the hospital.  Holistically operated, the accommodation is simple yet clinically safe and clean, allowing young patients and their parents to unite in a homelike environment that is responsive to medical, physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of patients.