||Problems in organization and development of voluntary
||BULL IUAT 1964, 34-35, 380-382.
The Anti-TB Association of Thailand was organised
by the senior members of the Thailand Medical Association in the
forties. The main obstacles faced by the Association, from the beginning,
were the scarcity of funds and a lack of sufficient volunteer personnel.
Gradually, as these obstacles were overcome to some extent, the
Associations activities expanded in many directions and a
number of TB clinics, both static and mobile, were set up in various
districts of Bangkok, allotted by the Health Department. Increasing
awareness of Association members regarding the programme objectives
helped gain their active support for programmes and, with expansion,
the Association shifted its responsibilities to work with special
groups of people such as school personnel and factory workers rather
than the general population which was cared for by the Health Department.
The recruitment of technical staff, especially, well-trained doctors
and nurses was a major problem. To cope, the Association was getting
the Ministry to send doctors from the TB Control Division to work
in the clinics run by the Association. The Association was attempting
to develop local associations in various parts of the country.
|KEYWORDS: VOLUNTARY ORGANIZATION; THAILAND.