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MD-KKU invited to attend the Celebration of the Legacy of His Royal Highness Prince Mahidol of Songkla: A Century of Progress in Public Health and Medicine in Thailand

The event Celebrating The Legacy of His Royal Highness Prince Mahidol of Songkla: A Century of Progress in Public Health and Medicine in Thailand, was held by the King of Thailand Birthplace Foundation (KTBF) led by KTBF president "Khun Cholthanee Koerojna" and co-hosted by the Thai community, citizens and representatives of the City of Gloucester, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH), Harvard Medical School (HMS), Thai Physician Associations of America (TPAA), Thai Nurse Associations of Illinois (TNAI), from Thailand: Mahidol University (MU), Prince of Songkla University (PSU), Chulalongkorn University (CU), Khon Kaen University (KKU) and Mahidol University International Demonstration School (MUIDS) with a goal to Commemorate His Royal Highness Prince Mahidol of Songkla's arrival in Massachusetts and to strengthen the longtime relationship of Massachusetts and Thailand.

Khon Kaen University was invited to co-host the event with delegates from KKU attending this prestigious event among which are four delegates from the Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University which included Assoc. Prof. Charnchai Panthongviriyakul, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Prof. Pewpan Maleewong, Associate Dean for Research Affairs, Prof. Banchob Sripa, Director of Tropical Disease Research Center and WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Control of Opisthorchiasis and Dr. Daris Theerakulpisut, Assistant Dean for International Relations and Cooperation Strategies.

The event on 25 August 2016 is a symposium which commemorates the lifetime work of HRHPrince Mahidol of Songkla which immensely benefitted the people of Thailand for generations to come. Distinguished speakers from Harvard and top universities from Thailand gave their talks which highlight different aspects of the life and work of HRH Prince Mahidol of Songkla.

Professor Banchob Sripa was the representative of Khon Kaen University for this day’s event.Professor Banchob delivered his talk “Liver Fluke-associated Cholangiocarcinoma: Milestones of Tackling a Unique Public Health Challenge of Northeast Thailand” which detailed the work that Khon Kaen University has done during the past decades to address the problem of liver fluke infestation and cholangiocarcinoma in northeast Thailand. His talk was very positively received and received many questions and discussions with interest from both Thai and American audiences.

Another distinguished representative from Khon Kaen University was Professor Sastri Saowakontha, MD, Khon Kaen University Council member, who gave the talk “Thailand’s Rolein Promoting Health among Asian Neighbors”.

After the academic program was completed, delegates from Khon Kaen Universityrepresentative of each faculty were invited to join the official welcome dinner hosted by the Kingof Thailand Birthplace Foundation, representatives from the Faculty of Medicine, Khon KaenUniversity include Dean Charnchai Panthongviriyakul and  Professor Banchob Sripa.

August 27, 2016 is the 100th Anniversary of His Royal Highness Prince Mahidol of Songkla'sarrival in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Prince Mahidol came to study Public Health at HarvardSchool of Public Health (formerly The Harvard-MIT School of Health Officers, The HarvardTechnology School of Public Health).

In Gloucester he stayed at Hotel Moorland near the Headquarter of Siamese Legation at 3 Page Street. The house at 3 Page Street is now one of the historic homes in the Trail of Thai Royalty in Massachusetts that KTBF placed the historic plaque to mark the history of the summer Siamese Legation Headquarter and the residence where Prince Mahidol spent much time during his stay before entering Harvard. Gloucester is a long time summer residence of the Siamese legation for more than 50 years since 1897. In the past the legations of many countries including Siam relocated their offices to Gloucester in summer from May to October. There are still many existing residences where the Siamese legations stayed in the past.

The event began with the unveiling of the historic plaque of The Hotel Moorland and presentations to Historic property owner. Then all delegates travelled to Gloucester city hall to begin the ceremony. Many speakers took the podium to speak about His Royal Highness’s life in Gloucester, Boston and his innumerable achievements which brought about tremendous improvement in the public health of Thai people for generations to come. 

Dean Charnchai Panthongviriyakul delivers a speech titled "Medical and HealthcareDevelopment in Thailand" which highlights the development of healthcare in the country acrossthe ages and the improvement of healthcare brought on by the dedication of His RoyalHighness Prince Mahidol of Songkla which resulted in increased life expectancy, reduced infantmortality and increased physician to population ratio, as well as the continuing development inthe present day.