AIHD collected data for research project on improving the roles of VHVs

25 August 2021

On 25 August 2021, Dr. Phudit Tejativaddhana, M.D.; Director of ASEAN Institute for Health Development (AIHD), Mahidol University and head of the project “Policy Options and Guidelines to Reform and Strengthen the Roles of Village Health Volunteers and Bangkok Health Volunteers towards the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS)”, along with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Thunwadee Suksaroj, and research team from AIHD, Department of Health Service Support, and The BMA Health Department collected research data on village health volunteers’ working system in Roi Et via Zoom Meeting.
This research project had chosen a qualitative method for collecting data from a focus group with 3 classes that consisted of 1. village health volunteers, 2. Customers, and 3. Health officers; District Public Health Officers, directors, head of health services, nurses, public health academics officers, District Public Health Officer, Health Promoting Hospital, and Subdistrict Municipality from Rot Et.
The aims of this meeting were to study the roles of village health volunteers and Bangkok health volunteers in the context of diverse health problems and expectations. Moreover, focus group participants also provided information and suggestions about the roles and duties of village health volunteers, capacity building, and support for village health volunteers, including the policy of 3 private doctors. The information obtained will be useful for the analysis of the operating system and to meet the expectations of the stakeholders to reform the roles of village health volunteers and Bangkok health volunteers. It will lead to a synthesis of alternatives and policy proposals to support the roles of village health volunteers and Bangkok health volunteers in order to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.