Non-Thai Population Research Unit

What we are

NTPR was established in 2018 with the aim to conduct health policy and system research related to non-Thai population groups and networking with academic and policy partners. The target populations of the research themes are non-Thai populations and vulnerable populations who are likely to face barriers of access to healthcare. These include migrants (low-skilled and high-skilled migrant workers) and their dependents, stateless people, urban refugees and asylum seekers, expatriates. Also, for the Thai citizens, our research team members involve in research projects that targets young children, women, patients with chronic conditions, and prisoners.

NTPR researchers engage in the policy platform and play a vital role in encouraging the use of evidence for policy formulation and implementation. For example, senior NTPR researchers involve in academic committee working on migrant issues in the process of policy development and advocacy at the Health Systems Research Institute (HSRI), Thai Health promotion Foundation, and the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand. The NTPR team also works with different health and non-health organizations, non-profit organizations, and academic institutes to generate up-to-date evidence responding to new emerging situations such as education policy for migrant children and COVID-19.

NTPR are currently working with international partners including the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), International Labour Organization (ILO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (APO), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), the National University of Singapore (NUS), and University of Malaya. These collaborations have been formed to provide evidence-based policy messages that become interests among our partners.

Our challenge

As there are multiple stakeholders involving in this research field, multisectoral collaborations are key to find agreed actions across disciplines. However, policy directions on health systems and non-Thai population groups largely depend on the political opportunities and it is basically linked to national security. As such, there is a need for a political will to move the policy agenda in this field to be considered at the national level.

NTPR seeks to find opportunities to build partnerships with the national and international authorities and organizations. We also involve in policy platforms to provide technical guidance to our partners. At the same time, through this mechanism, we aim to build capacities among our research team members to participate the academic forum at the national and international levels. Our research responds to the call to ‘leave no one behind’ as part of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals. Our research activities follow the SDG targets 1.3, 1.5, 3.8, 3.c, 5.2, 5.6, 8.7, 8.8, 10.7, 11.1, 11.5, 16.1, 16.2, 17.16, and 17.18. 

02 Dec 2021
Education for non-citizen children in Malaysia during the COVID-19 pandemic: a qualitative study.
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