Development of Village Health Volunteers (VHV) Competencies in Suphanburi Province
The articles examined the current condition, problems and obstacles regarding the village health volunteer
competencies development and the sequential development of VHV competencies model in Suphanburi Province. It is the
mixed methods research; including interviewing with key informants and focus group by the participants under the criteria
provided by the researchers. The research instrument included the structured in-depth interviews with the triangulation and
confirmation using the exploratory design. The samples a total of 400 village health volunteers in Suphanburi province.
Sample size was determined using the Taro Yamane formula. The results unveiled the current condition in the VHV
competencies development in Suphanburi province that most village health volunteers have remained inexact and nonsystematical
in reporting, they are aged and somewhat unskilled, Provincial Public Health plays role in supervision, focusing
on health promotion, disease control, first aid care, effective patient referrals, as well as works together with other agencies.
Problems and Obstacles of Village Health Volunteer Capacity Development in Suphan Buri Province. In regard to the
obstacles regarding the VHV competencies development, it found the lack of patients’ cooperation due to the feeling of
uncertainty in VHV competencies, lack of the effective recording, lack of operational evidence, and the overload assigned by
the agencies. The proposed models of VHV competencies development include 4 proactive competencies practices and 4
principles of achievements.
Keywords - Development, Competencies, Village Health Volunteer (VHV), Suphanburi Province