Health and Medical Cooperation during COVID-19
Thailand has enhanced health and medical cooperation with many countries in Latin America, theCaribbean, South Asia, and Africa to combat COVID-19. Partner countries under this cooperationprogram include Chile, India, Namibia, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Sri Lanka, and Tunisia.
On 11 September 2020, the Department of American and South Pacific Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand,
in collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), organized a briefing on “Thailand’s Health and Medical Cooperation with Latin American and the Caribbean Countries” at Naratip Auditorium, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand.
The briefing was presented by Dr. Anawat Sermswan, M.D., Associate Dean, Faculty of Medicine, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, as a guest speaker, with attendants of around 40 persons from diplomatic missions of Latin American and the Caribbean countries in Thailand, Ministry’s officials and media.
The said briefing was opportune for the Thai side to make the international community known about the KMITL’s success in producing emergency transport ventilators which were applied from the blueprint of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The said innovation has relieved the shortage problem and reduced cost of importing medical equipments for the treatments of COVID-19 patients during the pandemic outbreak in Thailand. Moreover, the briefing reflected the intention of the Thai side to cooperate with the international community in sharing knowledge and experiences to combat COVID-19.
The KMITL has reiterated its willingness to have emergency transport ventilators available as global public goods for common use of the international community. Besides donating the emergency transport ventilators model KNIN II to hospitals in Thailand, the KMITL also shared its blueprint with Chile and Peru to further assemble by themselves, and subsequently provided the said medical equipment to Lao PDR.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Thailand has also provided assistance to Latin American countries in other ways such as providing technical cooperation to Panama on curing COVID-19 and sharing knowledge with Peru on the use of tracking application to collect data of travelers who enter into Thailand.
The Thai private sector also donated masks, through the Royal Thai Embassy in Santiago, to Chileans and Panamanians.