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Sustainability 2010, 2(8), 2707-2718; doi:10.3390/su2082707

Promoting Cultural Sustainability in the Context of Public Health: A Thai Perspective

1 Department of Public Health Nursing, Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University, 420/1 Rajavithi Road, Rachathewi, Bangkok, 10400, Thailand 2 Department of Nursing, School of Health and Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 3 Solomont Way, Suite 2, Lowell, MA 01854, USA
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Received: 12 July 2010 / Revised: 23 August 2010 / Accepted: 23 August 2010 / Published: 24 August 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Political Economy and Sustainability)
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Over the last 4 decades, the concept of sustainable development has emerged in response to environmental and economic crises related to the consumption of non-renewable resources. The challenge of developing a sustainable economy has moved beyond the disciplines of economics, environmental and political science to include an ecological approach involving the public health community. The role of cultural values in defining and addressing the issue of sustainability from a public health perspective varies among nations and is dependent on multiple factors. This paper highlights the challenges related to sustainability and current health problems in Thailand. An innovative educational approach from Mahidol University, a leading public health institution, incorporates the principles of a sufficiency economy while integrating the school’s mission of preserving and applying national and local culture and wisdom to sustain and improve quality of life.
Keywords: sustainability; sustainable development; public health; culture; Thailand sustainability; sustainable development; public health; culture; Thailand
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