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Committee: WHO

Country: Thailand

Delegate: Carolin Rautenberg, Ostfalia University of applied science

Topic: Addressing Issues of Mental Health in Areas of Conflict


Thailand, this is the land of smile. In the last decades, Thailand has developed rapidly, forced innovations and has become a high-technological country. Thus, the overall living standard has been improved.[1] The WHO is contributing to this development for over 60 Years, which indicates a strong partnership.[2] The latest efforts, Thailand is putting into the topic of healthcare, can be seen by a great step taken in 2018: it is first in Asia and middle-income country with plain tobacco packaging. The focus is shifting towards the increasing number of non-communicable diseases since communicable diseases have been declined significantly in the past Years.[3]

Nonetheless, behind a smile there are often hidden mental issues. The importance to deal with mental health has become clearer after the Tsunami in 2004. Still, people are missing a widespread mental health caring system in Thailand. Thailand is agreeing on the importance of the topic and the special focus on Areas of Conflict; but demands to first improve the own mental-health-care-system.


Thailand has a leading role in the WHO being “active in the governing body forums of WHO and global health partnerships.”[4] Contributing expertise and knowledge, “it has developed significant capacity on health issues of International importance”.[5] In addition, its CCS (Country Cooperation strategy) is effective in implementing healthcare-strategies. Last one has included non-communicable diseases in their strategy for the next Years.