Health and Share Foundation
The Thailand office of the Japanese NGO “SHARE” was approved by the Thai Ministry of Interior on February 15th 2012 to register as a Thai foundation. The foundation’s new name is HEALTH AND SHARE FOUNDATION (HSF) in English. The Thai pronunciation is Muniti Peua Sukapaap le Gaan Benpan (Moh.Soh.Poh)
Although SHARE Thailand is now called HEALTH AND SHARE FOUNDATION, the foundation will continue to work on health and social empowerment issues through social outreach under the direction of its effective management team, along with the cooperation of community members and local organizations.
As a SHARE Thailand before establishment of the foundation, the working history is as bellows.
SHARE (Services for the Health in Asian and African Regions) is an international health NGO formed by Japanese doctors and nurses in 1983 to provide medical support to the Indochinese refugee community and promote health and peace worldwide.
SHARE’s initial work in Thailand began with a focus on Primary Health Care (PHC) in Ubon Ratchathani province. The project began in 1990, with SHARE staff working with village health volunteers to combat diarrhea. While working in this area, SHARE Thailand discovered that HIV/AIDS problems were prevalent at the village level. As a result, SHARE Thailand shifted its focus to HIV/AIDS work, and has been working in this area since 1994 until the present day.
After working on health issues in Thailand for more than 20 years, SHARE’s management staff demonstrated sound leadership and good direction on local, community-based projects, proving an ability to function independently from SHARE NGO headquarters in Japan to become a registered foundation in Thailand.
VISION & MISSION
Vision: To utilize excellent managerial practices and cooperation with community members and local organizations to serve the community in the public health sector and strengthen the social prospects of local disadvantaged persons.
Mission: To be an efficiently managed foundation functioning primarily in the areas of health and social outreach, with a knowledgeable and skilled staff capable of promoting participation in every sector of the local community in order to achieve the highest possible social and community benefits for the local disadvantaged population.
Slogan: Uniting hearts and minds to use local wisdom for the improvement of quality of life
- To provide target groups with the necessary knowledge, positive attitudes, and appropriate behaviors in order to access public health services.
- To utilize social outreach for the empowerment of community members for independent self-health care
- Dr. Jinnpipat Choopunya (Chairperson; Director of Samutprakarn Provincial Health Office; Medical doctor)
- Dr. Sutee Duddee (Vice Chairperson; Medical doctor at Warin-chamrap District Hospital)
- Mr. Tawat Maneephong (Vice Chairperson, Lecturer at Ubon-Ratchathani University)
- Mrs. Suppasai Sa-ngawong (Treasurer, Academician at Ubon-Ratchathani Provincial Health Office)
- Dr. Prathomphong Prupong (Committee, Director of Phana District Hospital in Amnat-charun province)
- Ms. Siriwan Arsasri (Committee and Secretary)
Advisory: Mr. Tanom Marat, Mr. Suraporn Loiha, Ms. Supranee Veerakul, Dr. Saroj Kumrat, Ms. Fumiko Kudo
The logo depicts two people holding hands in order to fill their mutual hearts with kindness, cheerful and positive energy, knowledge, and experience, which will be used to improve the opportunities for those with no chance to improve their health. The blue color represents the positive energy of people who truly desire to work in cooperation with others for the development of sustainable health for the people of Thailand’s Issan region. The logo is meant to show the HEALTH AND SHARE FOUNDATION’s increased focus on health issues and capacity-building among disadvantaged people in the community through sound management and cooperation with local organizations and community members to reach the ultimate goal of better health for all.