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Thailand bets on 'magic pills'
« on: February 14, 2018, 08:12:59 PM »
Thailand bets on 'magic pills' to boost declining birth rate

 Thailand has tried cash bonuses and tax incentives to boost the country's birth rate, but on Valentine's Day today it adopted a new approach: Handing out vitamin pills.

Like several other Asian countries, Thailand is ageing rapidly. Birth rates have dropped sharply from more than six children per woman in 1960 to 1.5 in 2015, according to World Bank figures.

In Bangkok, health officials handed out folic acid and iron pills in pink boxes at six locations to entice couples to prepare for pregnancy. The pills came with leaflets explaining how to be healthy in order to conceive.

Relationships and sex were previously a taboo subject but attitudes have changed and they are now discussed more publicly. Still, health experts say Thailand will have to talk even more about conception and birth if it wants to boost its population.

Together with China, the country has the highest proportion of elderly people of any developing country in East Asia, World Bank figures show.

The population has peaked and will begin to decrease in 2030, pointing to potential economic problems, such as labour shortages and a smaller base of income tax payers as the working-age population shrinks.

Successive Thai governments have introduced various schemes to encourage baby-making but, like in neighbouring Singapore, whose birth rate is amongst the lowest in the world, they haven't seen much success.

Thailand's cash bonuses and tax incentives for people with children have done little to boost births but analysts said they weren't generous enough to prompt Thais to have more children. They didn't cover the real cost of raising a child, they said.

Thailand's 2015 birth rate of 1.5 per woman is below 2.6 births in neighbouring Cambodia, and 2.1 in Malaysia. Health experts say the birth rate needs to be 2.1 to keep a population growing.


Various reasons have been put forward to explain the falling birth rate in Thailand, from higher living costs and work commitments to the shift of the population away from farms, where big families are needed, to urban centres.

Some blame a hugely successful free-condom campaign in Thailand in the early 1990s - aimed at combating HIV/AIDS and which was widely copied around the world - as a factor that has reduced the birth rate.

"From 1970 to 1983 there were an average of 1 million Thais born each year. After that, the birth rate began to decline. Now, there are just over 700,000 people born each year," Kasem Wetsutthanon, director of the Metropolitan Health and Wellness Institution, told Reuters.

"At the moment, Thai couples are having an average of 1.5 children. Ideally, it should be 2.1 if we are to maintain the population growth," he said.
Kasem blamed changing attitudes towards the traditional family unit for the declining birth rate.

"Now, many are thinking that it is a burden to have children, unlike in the past when children were important for the family."

Nalin Somboonying, 27, who has a four-year-old child, said some people feel they need material possessions first before starting a family.

"I think nowadays people want to be ready first. They feel they must have a house, a car, first before having a child," she told Reuters.

Satta Wongdara, 31, who with his wife picked up some of the pills at a booth in Bangkok's Lak Si area, blamed long work hours.

"People nowadays work more so they have less children," Satta told Reuters.

Still, Kasem said he hopes the pills, which he called "magic pills" will get Thais thinking twice about pregnancy.

"We want to get people to have more children."

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Re: Thailand bets on 'magic pills'
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2018, 09:13:12 PM »
They should stop broadcasting TV early at night, hoping for the effect the BBC's shutdown at ten o'clock had during the first energy crisis: "Nothin' on the telly? Oh, we might as well..." - nine months later the hospitals were crowded with pregnant women. ;D

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Re: Thailand bets on 'magic pills'
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2018, 12:28:12 AM »
funny thing the ratings are well down friday evenings around 8 pm ;) must be having their supper  ;D i see they pay you to have sex now

Incentive increased for having babies

Married couples should support Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s policy of boosting the country’s birth rate and have more children, the head of the Social Security Office said on Wednesday, and there are financial aids provided.

SSO secretary-general Suradech Waleeithikul announced increases in benefits under the office’s coverage for working couples.

The Bt13,000 flat rate covering the birth delivery procedure is now available for any number of babies a family has, instead of being limited to just two, he said.

The SSO also offers a 90-day maternity-leave allowance at 50 per cent of the mother’s average income, or 50 per cent of the median Bt15,000 salary, for up to two births, he said.

Suradech said his office would soon seek Cabinet approval in principle for hiking the monthly child support allowance from Bt400 to Bt600 for children up to six years old, for up to three children.

If approval is given, a draft ministerial regulation would be submitted to the Council of State for scrutiny and then to the Labour minister for implementation, he said.
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Re: Thailand bets on 'magic pills'
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2018, 02:55:44 PM »
I am quite happy to volunteer to help some of the Thai ladies out F.O.C if they need to get pregnant. :lol

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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2018, 03:08:15 PM »

there is a waiting list i hear and you might need a w- -k permit - fill in the blanks as you think fit :lol
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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2018, 12:15:19 PM »
Survey shows women wanting to have fewer children – with precipitous drop in birth rate expected soon

A SURVEY has revealed that on average Thai women want to have fewer children.

The recent Chulalongkorn University College of Population Studies research surveying women aged between 15 and 49 found the average number of children wanted was 1.69, down from 1.86 in a similar survey in 2001.

 When geographically categorised, it is clear that women living in rural areas want to have a higher number of children than city residents do. Bangkok women on average want to have 1.06 children each, while women in the Northeast want to have 2.3.

The survey also showed that the percentage of single women aged between 35 and 39 is growing.

“About 75 per cent of female respondents agree with the statement that they can have a good life even without children,” researcher Wiraporn Potisiri said.

The Public Health Ministry reported that about 700,000 children were born in the country last year, down from 800,000 in 2003.

“Trends suggest Thailand may see just 500,000 births in 2040,” Deputy Prime Minister General Chatchai Sarikulya said yesterday.

He was speaking at an event held to address the country’s falling birth rate and growing elderly population.

About 18 per cent of the population are over 60. Of elderly Thais, about one-third earn less than Bt30,000 a year. Most also suffer from chronic health problems such as blood-pressure issues and diabetes.

“We need to address these challenges and prepare efficient solutions,” Chatchai said.

He recommended that all relevant organisations join in helping the country handle its demographic challenges.

Nopphol Witvorapong, a scholar with Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Economics, said the government should consider motivational measures for women to boost the birth rate.

Among the possible measures are state subsidies, tax incentives, the provision of childcare centres, maternity and paternity leave, and flexible work schedules.

“Women, after all, are now expected to work and generate income,” Nopphol said.

He added that before introducing motivational measures, the government should also consider short-term and long-term fiscal impacts.

Asian Population Association president Professor Doo-Sub Kim said economic matters significantly affected fertility rates.

“Such impacts are evident in the wake of economic crisis,” he said.
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