How Mr. Condom made Thailand a better place

Mechai Viravaidya was recognized by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today with a $1 million award for confronting “taboo subjects like sex and HIV/AIDS directly in order to save lives." Photo: AFP/Getty

I think the Philippines should take a closer look at neighboring Thailand. They used to have a 3.3% growth rate, much worse than our 2% growth annually. Mechai Viravaidya, or Mr. Condom of Thailand, shares in this TEDxChange video how Thailand was able to raise the Thai standard of living by using population control as the first step. Keep in mind that the majority of Thais are Buddhists but still, the same can be done here if we will finally separate Church from State.

Thanks to Krishna for sharing with me this video.

Karen Ang

A plebeian who is trying to make small changes in this world.

  • Dexter,

    Only the government can answer your questions but here are my guesses.
    1) The BCP and condoms will come from a percentage of DOH’s budget.
    2) The poor might not be able to afford to buy contraceptives for themselves that’s why the government wants to help them. We pay our taxes and it’s up to the government to efficiently allocate funds for different purposes and also to find ways to generate funds. It is possible that the money for contraceptives may come from foreign donations and grants. As for educating the public on responsible parenthood, that will come from teachers.
    3) see answer to #2
    4) No one is going to enforce this. We are a democracy and we have different beliefs. The program will be useful to those who want to avail of it. No coercion will be involved.

  • Dexter Amoroso

    1) Who is going to pay for all the BCP’s and Condoms etc needed to control the population?
    2) Are the poor people going to be expected to purchase these things when they are struggling to feed themselves? Is the government going to do it? Are you saying that the Philippine Government is rolling in so much money that they can afford to supply these things free of charge nationwide? And do this while also trying to supply education and legal support for such a program?
    3) Who is going to teach the people the proper uses of these items?
    4) Who is going to enforce the use of these items among a population that does not universally accept their use?

  • Felicity

    Even ultra-conservative Mullahs in Afghanistan distribute condoms: