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Climate and Health Country Profile - 2015: Thailand

Thailand is a country of 67 million peoplea which, despite challenges, has had sustained economic growth since the late 1980’s.b After many years of progress Thailand has attained upper middle income status and is likely to meet most of the Millennium Development Goals.b A universal health-coverage scheme was established in 2002c and in 2013 total expenditure on health was 4.6% of GDP.d Investments in population health and infrastructure, though, are likely to be threatened by climate change – particularly through increased exposure to rising temperatures, extreme weather events, and sea level rise. Poverty (12.64% of the population was below the poverty line in 2012e), urban expansion, deforestation, and soil degradation may further complicate the situation, reducing community resilience and adaptive capacity. A climate-change strategy is currently being devised, but efforts are still required to ensure the health system in Thailand is fully prepared to respond to many of the worst effects of climate change.

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Document type Issue and policy briefs
Language of document
  • English
  • Climate change
  • Environment and natural resources
  • Mitigation
  • Public health
  • Water and sanitation
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Thailand
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Author (corporate) World Health Organization
Publication place Geneva, Switzerland
Publisher World Health Organization
Publication date 2015
Pagination 8
Keywords water safety plan,National Health Adaption Plan,Climate Change Impacts
Date uploaded January 9, 2018, 09:35 (UTC)
Date modified July 2, 2018, 03:39 (UTC)