The Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, National Research Council of Thailand and Khon Kaen Municipality Department of Public Health, have come together to promote the Fluke Free Thailand project.
The Fluke Free Thailand Project originated in the Cholangiocarcinoma Research Center, the Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, under the Directorship of Associate Professor Narong Khuntikeo, Department of Surgery. Cholangiocarcinoma Research Center is now working with the National Research Council of Thailand, a government associate agency as well as a private agency to initiate a campaign promoting the prevention and eradication of Liver Fluke Disease in Ban Had Khon Kaen province. Dr. Somchaichote Piyawatchwela, Director of Khon Kaen Municipality Department of Public Health, chaired the event and Mr. Tawitch Pimpa, Chief District Officer of Ban Had, gave the opening speech. At the event they displayed many inventions related to the prevention and eradication of Liver Fluke Disease and also offered free liver fluke disease screening. Participants could also register themselves in the Isan Cohort data system to help track progress in curing Cholangiocarcinoma.
The cooperation between KKU Faculty of Medicine’s Cholangiocarcinoma Research Center and National Research Council of Thailand has already achieved much, 1) liver fluke Infection rate has drop from 42.8% to 7.7%, 2) Increase in access to treatment from 21.8% to 84.5%, 3) Increased survival rate for people with Cholangiocarcinoma in the past 5 years from 17.3% to 48.3%. The Liver Fluke Free Thailand is an excellent example of a project that truly benefits the people and it’s also shows that cooperation between people and the government can achieve great things.