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Psychology Professor to launch new Thailand sexual health initiative

Published: 3 September 2014

Professor Roger Ingham, Director of the Centre for Sexual Research, is off to Bangkok this week to help launch Thailand’s first ever national sexual health strategy.

His itinerary includes a two hour meeting with 60 leading government officials in health and development, a keynote address to 2400 delegates at the official launch, a three hour session with researchers and funders on future priorities, a 30 minute television show on a channel watched by over 22 million people, and various other media involvements.

“It is a great honour to be asked by the Thai Government to help with this important work”, said Roger, who has been invited due to his long term research involvement in the area of young people’s sexual health, as well as his twelve year advisory role for the former UK Government’s highly successful teenage pregnancy strategy.

“We will be sharing information on what made the programme in the UK so successful, and exploring how it can be adapted to Thai culture and contexts. Thailand is experiencing some serious problems in relation to young people and sexual health, and the Government and non-Governmental agencies are determined to introduce sensible and evidence-informed policies to improve the situation.”

Earlier this year, Professor Ingham spent two days discussing similar issues with a high-level commission visiting from China.

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