Social development

Family, children and youth

Thailand must do more to protect, invest in children: UN

The government should see children’s rights protection as an investment and listen to children’s voices, said Najat Maalla M’jid, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children. In an interview with the Bangkok Post, she said although the Thai government had a strong ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Interact with your children often and early for healthy development

The first five years of life are the building blocks of a child’s physical, emotional and cognitive development. It’s important for parents and caregivers who play a big role in promoting learning and development to ensure that their child receives all the support he or ...

Why Vaccine Hesitancy is Rising Among Thailand’s Youth

Since Thailand kicked off its COVID-19 vaccination program for middle and high school students, the country has seen a rise in anti-vax sentiments among its youth. On October 4, Thailand started giving students aged 12 to 17 the mRNA vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech. Approximately 3.6 million out ...

Wichuta Teeratanabodee

Shifting roles, changes in economy, rising cost of living blamed for Thailand’s falling birth rate

The rising cost of living, economy and changing role of women in society have been identified as the reasons for the drop in Thailand’s birth rate.Currently, less than 600,000 babies per year are born in Thailand.According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World ...

The Nation Reporter

Thailand- the first large country with a fertility problem yet without wealth to easily fund healthcare for the old

The kingdom’s economy will have to begin adapting its stance to cope with more old people and less working adults while still remaining a relatively poor country. It may also mean more migrants entering the kingdom and perhaps higher taxation. However, time is running out ...

Obesity, stunted growth in Thai kids spur worries

The Department of Health (DoH) has expressed concerns over the growing rate of obesity and short stature among Thai children, saying this needs to be addressed urgently.Speaking after a meeting with his officials to develop physical activity programmes to address the health issues on Wednesday, ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Abuse against women still prevalent

In December 1999, the United Nations designated Nov 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to commemorate the murder of the Mirabal sisters, the three Dominican political activists who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in 1960. Today marks the ...

Internet driving children to violence: study

Thai youths who spend most of the hours of their week on mobile phones and computers are at risk of developing violent behaviour and gaming addiction, a study shows.The study, by the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth), showed Thai youngsters spend more than 35 hours ...

Penchan Charoensuthipan

Time to give child protection a boost

In the first half of this year, there were numerous reports of violence against children. Many of these cases share a similar pattern — those responsible for the violence are people close to the child. According to statistics from the 1300 hotline, from October 2018 ...

Abuse on rise amid outbreak

Domestic violence has almost doubled since the onset of Covid-19, according to the Social Development and Human Security Ministry.The number of violent incidents stemming from domestic conflicts from the start of February to the end of last month came to 474, said Patcharee Arayakul, deputy ...

Penchan Charoensuthipan

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