Activities from Pfizer Foundation of Thailand that Thailand supports
Pfizer Foundation of Thailand has worked with associations, local communities, and organizations in supporting activities for the society by emphasizing to provide knowledge on health care, quality of life development, along with giving scholarship and research grants in science and public health. Essential activities that Pfizer Foundation of Thailand supports are the following.
1. Project to support education
For students and scholars with good records but lacking funds, in areas of science, medicals, and pharmaceutics. Details as followed.
A. Scholarship for high school students
For students with good records but lacking funds, in areas of science in high school (Matayom 4-6 or Grade 10-12). Scholarship provides continuing education until finished high school. Students who apply for the scholarship must have GPA of at least 3.25 for the last two years prior to applying for the scholarship funds.
B. Scholarship for bachelor's degree undergraduates
For undergraduates in Medical Study, Pharmaceutical Study, Public Health Study, or Science Study from leading universities in Thailand which are Mahidol University, Khon Kaen University, Chiang Mai University, Prince of Songkla University. Scholarship provides continuing education for 4-6 school years depending on curriculum program. Students who apply for the scholarship must have GPA of at least 3.25 for three years in high school and GPA of at least 3.00 for the first year in university.
C. Scholarship for medical faculty and medical researchers
For undergraduates in third year of Medical Study or Science Study, who plans to apply in Medical Doctorate degree, Bio Medical, or Science in universities of the program. Scholarship provides continuing education for 6 school years maximum. Students who apply for the scholarship must have GPA of at least 3.25 during the study. There is special consideration for students who plan to do research work in Thailand after graduation.
1.2 Project to support academic areas for doctors and pharmacists
A. Support for Continuing Medical Education
Pfizer Foundation of Thailand has collaborated with Medical Council of Thailand in creating web site of Center for Continuing Medical Education CCME and testing from e-mail. Over 28,000 medical students will be able to login for testing to renew or upgrade license. This will promote higher standards for Thai medicals and allow the population to receive good medical standards.
B. Support for Continuing Pharmaceutical Education
Pfizer Foundation of Thailand has collaborated with Pharmacy Association of Thailand in creating web site for Continuing Pharmacist Education C CPE program for over 17,000 pharmacists. The main objectives are for pharmacists to receive new knowledge, skills, and experiences that are shared from other pharmacists including support for pharmacists with expertise, and to raise and preserve higher standards for pharmaceutical profession. The goals are achieved by creating system or mechanism for self improvement in academic and technological advancement in order to generate benefits for consumers or customers in the future.
2. Project to collaborate in improving quality of life for AIDS/HIV patients
A . Project to collaborate with Population & Community Development Association PDA
Pfizer Foundation of Thailand has developed project The Pfizer-PDA Positive Partnership Project (PPPP) : Micro Credit Loans for People Living With and Affected by HIV/AIDS or project PaTangKo'. This project has lending funds for patients or persons living with AIDS/HIV patients with total of 12 million Baht ($300,000 US). The collaboration is between Population & Community Development Association and Pfizer Foundation of Thailand to help provide loans for small businesses run by HIV and non-HIV affected persons (working together), allowing them to have better financial condition along with reducing bias against the disease. Project PatangKo' has a goal to target approximately 400 households or 1,000 people from 11 provinces namely Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Vieng Pa Pao, Pitsanulok, Maha Sarakarm, Baan Pai, Nang Rong, Bhuddhai Song, Lam PraiMart, Surin, and Nakorn Ratchasima.
Currently (August 2004), there are 410 members in the project and borrowers with different loan size starting from 10,000-20,000 Baht. This project is expected to be completed within 4 years (starting from January 2004 to October 2007).
B. Project to collaborate with Ministry of Public Health
Pfizer Foundation of Thailand has supported Ministry of Public Health in a campaign to prevent and treat AIDS patients, by cooperating with Center for Disease Control of Thailand in training 800 new medical graduates and interns to provide treatment and care for AIDS/HIV patients. Moreover, there is a planning to build a web site for AIDS/HIV ( www.aidsthai.org/care ) and National Center for AIDS/HIV Study. It will be an outlet for advice and information exchange between experts in AIDS/HIV.
3. Providing support for organizations of the society
Pfizer Foundation of Thailand has supported in founding 3 centers in remote location that the population is far away from hospitals or clinics with help from local community medical personnel. These centers will be responsible for analyzing diseases and providing recommendation for sending patients to receive further treatments, along with being the center of knowledge for nursing in the community.
Furthermore, the center will also promote mobile treatment unit in the countryside using project gallstone-free' in Khon Kaen province with the help of Khon Kaen University and Asia Foundation.
4. Project Pfizer personnel for community
Our company Pfizer (Thailand) limited has operated and supported the community in raising the standards of public health by allowing company personnel to participate in spreading awareness, education, and health information activities for Thai population such as providing help for children and infected or effected patients, donating computer equipments and other goods to foster home.