WHO’s current work in the Maldives

The WHO's on-going collaboration with the state is outlined in the Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS)2013-2017 for the Republic of Maldives, which was launched on 22 April 2013. It is the third generation of CCSs in the country and the objective of the current strategy is to reflect WHO’s corporate medium-term vision for its cooperation in the Republic of Maldives and to outline the strategic framework for such cooperation. In order to optimize its contribution to national development and health, the country cooperation strategy attempts to strike a balance between evidence-based country priorities and WHO’s mandate in global health, specifically, WHO’s role in health governance and in positioning and promoting health in national policies, processes and plans. It takes into consideration the Government’s agenda for promotion of health equity within a nation and universal health coverage as a major objective. The CCS recognizes the uniqueness of the Maldives as a small island nation, its vulnerabilities and risks related to environment and climate change, new opportunities due to the rapid increase in travel, trade and communication, and the challenges the speed of global interconnectedness brings to sustaining the achievements in health.

The main thrust of the WHO’s current work in the Maldives is to support the government in its health reform processes and strengthening its health systems. This includes policy advice and technical assistance in the areas of health financing, human resources for health, health information management, quality of services for sustaining gains in public health through re-vitalized primary health care approach. Emphasis is also placed on sustaining performance of key public health programmes such as:

  • immunization and surveillance
  • prevention and control of communicable diseases such as tuberculosis and vector-borne diseases
  • maternal and child health
  • strengthening research and information capacity
  • building capacity for requirements of the International Health Regulations
  • health promotion and prevention of NCD risk factors