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HIV/AIDS in Thailand

After sub-Saharan Africa, Asia Pacific has the largest number of people living with HIV/AIDS. Thailand accounts for approximately 9%1 of cases in Asia Pacific, making it one of the most impacted countries in the region. The first case of HIV/AIDS was reported in 1984 and the incidence of infection had climbed steadily until the early 1990s, when the government stepped in with new policies. Although the prevalence of HIV/AIDS has declined in recent years, the epidemic continues.


Breaking the cycle

The Sem Pringpuangkeo Foundation (SPF) support children impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the northern provinces of Thailand. The foundation seeks to break cycles of poverty, homelessness, drug addiction, crime and prostitution by providing scholarships and keeping children in school. SPF conducts regular school and home visits to mentor the children and protect them from harm. It also provides integrated psychosocial support to orphans who have lost their parents to HIV/ AIDs and to vulnerable children, to help them cope with their circumstances.


Building a life

Wiyada’s father passed away from the illness when she was seven years old. She was raised by her mother, the remaining sole breadwinner of the household. From a young age, Wiyada enjoyed meeting new people and learning about different cultures. Despite her circumstances, she was a happy child and grew up to love her country. She wanted to welcome tourists and show them what Thailand has to offer. Encouraged by SPF, she applied for a degree in Tourism and Hotel Management at the Chiang Mai Rajabhat University and was accepted.

With the university scholarship provided by Deutsche Bank as part of our Born to Be programme, Wiyada is now in her final school year. The course has given her skills and experience prized in the hospitality industry, including learning the English and Chinese languages. Tourism is one of the largest industries in Thailand. After Wiyada graduates later this year, she hopes to find a job in the hotel industry and pursue a career. Her ultimate goal is to support her mother and build a life for herself as an independent woman.


Our commitment to the Thai community

Deutsche Bank started partnering SPF in 2003; this long-term partnership represents our commitment to the local community. In 2018, to celebrate Deutsche Bank’s 40th year in Thailand, we provided university scholarships to 40 young students. Deutsche Bank’s support will improve their lives through formal higher education, giving them the opportunity to achieve their dreams and to become financially independent and productive members of society.




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Sem Pringpuangkeo Foundation 

About Sem Pringpuangkeo Foundation 

Sem Pringpuangkeo Foundation was founded in 1995 by Dr. Sem Pringpuangkeo, the Minister of Public Health for Thailand from 1980 to 1983.

Dr. Pringpuangkeo was a pioneer in rural healthcare and was instrumental in fostering medical and public health administration that paved the way for the country’s further development. In 1995, after working for years in the system, he saw a gap. A large number of those infected by AIDS are of working age and have young children. Once the parent loses his or her life to HIV/AIDS, the burden of raising these children usually falls on the grandparents or other relatives who often already live below the poverty line. The standard of living for everyone then falls, trapping families in a vicious cycle.

Dr. Pringpuangkeo started the Sem Pringpuangkeo Foundation to give these children educational opportunities to help them create a better life for themselves. For more information, visit their website here.

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Last Update: June 4, 2018
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