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During COVID-19 pandemic, Chulalongkorn University, a pillar of the kingdom, has integrated all scientific knowledge and research studies to create innovations for Society to fight against COVID-19 alongside with Thai government. Chula innovations meet society’s needs and protect health care workers. Under the concept of “Facilitate, reduce risks and increase efficiency”, Chulalongkorn university successfully delivered Pinto Robot (A quarantine delivery robot), CU-RoboCOVID (A robot caring for patients), Mirror Robot (A robot equipped with a telepresence system) and Chula COVID-19 strip test kits (A quick preliminary screening test).

Lesson Learned from Thailand against COVID-19 with the question “Why has Thailand preformed so much better than other countries in containing COVID-19?” The possible reasons will be exposed through the personal views of public health profession through the meeting.

This webinar is organized by APRU Global Health Program and USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health

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Presentation slides



Dr Pramon Viwattanakulvanid

Lecturer at College of Public Health Sciences

Chulalongkorn University

Dr Pramon Viwattanakulvanid is currently a lecturer at College of Public Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University.  He has multi-skills in the areas of statistics, pharmacy, health care access, traditional Chinese exercise (Qigong) and patient support group and already created research studies related to patient empowerment, caregivers’ burdens in Parkinson’s disease (PD), and PD knowledge gaps among medical professionals. From his work experiences, he worked in Novartis as Patient Access Program (PAP) manager and successfully launched many PAP programs to help cancer patients in Thailand. He also had experiences in international companies such as GolinHarris as PR consultant, OSAR as assistant marketing manager and Bumrungrad International Hospital as a pharmacist.

He earned a Doctoral’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in social and pharmacy administration from Chulalongkorn University.  He also received MBA degree from University of Colorado at Denver in the States. His current goal is to create more work related to Artificial intelligence (AI) and public health together.  


Reading list for Dr Pramon's talk:

  1. Bello, W. (2020). How Thailand Contained COVID-19.   Retrieved 18 June, 2020, from https://fpif.org/how-thailand-contained-covid-19/.

  2. Chu, D. K., Akl, E. A., Duda, S., Solo, K., Yaacoub, S., Schünemann, H. J. (2020). Physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection to prevent person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis. The Lancet, 395(10242), 1973-1987. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)31142-9

  3. Jewjinda, C., & Chalermnirundorn, N. (2018). The Development of Village Health Volunteers (VHVs) Model with a Participatory Process. Paper presented at the RSU International Research Conference 2018. https://rsucon.rsu.ac.th/files/proceedings/inter2018/G4-IN18-012.pdf

  4. Namwat, C., Suphanchaimat, R., Nittayasoot, N., & Iamsirithaworn, S. (2020). Thailand's Response against Coronavirus Disease 2019: Challenges and Lessons Learned. OSIR, 13(1), 33-37.

  5. The Nation Thailand, T. (2020). WHO lauds Thailand for good healthcare system. Retrieved 30 June, 2020, from https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30385972

  6. Chula knows fight with COVID-19 at https://www.chula.ac.th/covid-19/



Dr Mellissa Withers

Associate Professor, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California and 

Director, APRU Global Health Program 

Mellissa Withers, Ph.D., MHS is an Associate Professor at thin the Department of Preventive Medicine. She is based at the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health. She also is also Director of the Global Health Program of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, a non-profit network of more than 50 leading universities in the region. She received a Ph.D. from the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health with a minor in cultural anthropology. She also earned a Master’s in International Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BA in international development from UC Berkeley. Her research interests lie in community participatory research, gender-based violence, and global sexual and reproductive health. Dr. Withers is the editor of two books: Global Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health Across the Lifecourse, and Global Health Leadership: Case Studies from the Asia-Pacific. She also writes a blog on human trafficking titled Modern-Day Slavery for Psychology Today.

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