United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Thailand Office organized the fourth conference among its strategy partners of the Platform for Positive Sexuality of Young People (3c4teen Platform) on The Development of Empirical Data and Information Systems for the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and Resolution. This was to assist in policy development to address the issues more precisely.
The participants were representatives of public sector and civil society network working on children, youth and women, young people and international organizations attending to exchange systems for storing data in monitoring adolescent pregnancy situation of 3 state agencies including: Bureau of Reproductive Health, Ministry of Public Health; Department of Children and Youth, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security; and, the National Statistical Office.
The representative from Bureau of Reproductive Health, Department of Health, Dr.Bunyarit Sukharat presented the database used in monitoring the situation that are derived from the Civil Registration systems and agencies in the Ministry of Public Health. Problems encountered in monitoring the situation include the figures and data that do not represent the entire country and the ability to merely collect data in certain areas at certain periods of time only.
From the Division of Strategy and Planning, Department of Children and Youth, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Ms. Busarin Koetmani mentioned that the database used in working consist of the data of the Civil Registration systems, the Petition Service systems, One Stop Crisis Center 1300 Hotline, and 77 Provincial Shelters for Children and Families, including internal information system of the Department of Children and Youth. The problem encountered is inaccurate data due to the collection that depends on each officer and where automatic data transfer system is not available.
Mr. Jirawat Punsap of the National Statistical Office informed that the database currently used by the National Statistical Office comprise of the census data, survey of population change data, and multiple indicator cluster survey data. The problem encountered is about some 1,000 indicators used in collecting data from 21 fields, making the import of data relatively difficult.
These 3 given reports showed the lack of timely monitoring systems, incomplete coverage of areas, and inability to analyze data and transfer them to relevant parties for actual practicality. Therefore, it is necessary to work together to improve the systems as well as further design the indicators to enhance those who work in both the regional and national levels.