The National Institute of Health (NIH) is a part of the Department of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Public Health Thailand, located at 88/7 Tivanon road, Muang district, Nonthaburi 11000.
The Department of Medical Sciences (DMSC) was established within the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) in 1945. Two main objectives of the Department are providing laboratory service and conducting research. The laboratory service includes diagnosis for infectious diseases, analysis for consumer protection and quality improvement of laboratories nation-wide. Various research have been carried out, both applied science and basic science, from laboratory scale to field trial.
Because the need for high-technology research had increased, a project entitled "National Institute of Health" was formulated in 1981. Dr. Sem Pring-puang-keaw, the Public Health Minister at that time, proposed the project to the Thai Government, and asked for bilateral support from the Japanese Government. The project was officially approved in 1984.
The National Instiute of Health (NIH) was established with the grant-in-aid from the Government of Japan for buildings, While the Department of Medical Sciences prepared the land equipped with public utilities and a permanent road. The Japanese Government also gave assistance in technical cooperation for the "Research Promotion Promotion Project of NIH", providing some equipment, experts and fellowships. NIH was officially opened on 21 April 1987, and the "Research Promotion Project of NIH" was run during 1985-1994.
At present, the activities of the NIH have been widely acknowledged, not only within Thailand, but also in the international community. With advancement of technical skills of staffs, scientific research produced in the institute have been accepted by the key international journals and presented at international conferences. Furthermore, those research results have been profitable for the progress of diagnostic techniques, as well as domestic vaccine production that greatly benefit Thai people.
The NIH will continue to increase performance as the national reference laboratory center for consumer protection and infectious diseases.