18th April 2019 – WHO Maldives supported the High-Level Advocacy Meeting on Road Safety by Health Protection Agency, Ministry of Health. The meeting was graced by Vice President of the Maldives His Excellency Faisal Naseem as Chief Guest who launched the Multi-Sectoral National Road Safety Action Plan (2019-2023). Cabinet Ministers from the Government of Maldives including Ministers of Health, Education, Youth and Sports and State Minister of Transportation and Civil Aviation, Maldives Police Commissioner, WHO Representative, UNICEF Representative along with several senior officials from Maldives Police Services, various ministries and representatives from civil society organization attended the event; a sign of high political commitment towards Road Safety in the country.
21st March 2019- WHO Maldives supported and partnered with the Government of Maldives in launching the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccination Campaign for young girls between 10-14 years old in a ceremony held in Thaajuddeen School, Male’. The Nationwide HPV campaign is amongst the Health Pledges of His Excellency President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih for his first 100-days in office, a step in the right direction to eliminate Cervical Cancer. The historic occasion was graced by Chief Guest Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage Her Excellency Yumna Maumoon, His Excellency Minister of Health Mr Abdulla Ameen, WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur, State Ministers of Health, Education, Gender, Family & Social Services, Islamic Affairs, Members of Maldives Technical Advisory Group on Immunization, representatives of civil society and International organizations, parents, teachers and school children.
30th December 2018 - President of Maldives H.E Ibrahim Mohamed Solih inaugurated the National Symposium for Traditional and Alternative Medicine in fulfillment of one of the health pledges by Government of Maldives in his 100-day action plan. HE President noted traditional medicine is related to both the body and spirit of people and highlighted their importance in relation to lifestyle related diseases and with greater focus on prevention. The event was graced by Honorable Minister of Health, Cabinet Ministers, WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur, WHO South East Asia Regional Advisor for Traditional Medicine Dr Sungchol Kim, Traditional Medicine Practitioners, senior officials from MOH and other ministries and partners.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2018 – Think Twice, Seek Advice
Each November, World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) aims to increase global awareness of antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the public; health workers and policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.
Partnering with Maldives Food and Drug Authority, Ministry of Health, WHO Country office supported various activities including continued transmission of information on AMR on several TV channels additional to TV talk show where experts provided more detailed information. An animated video in both English and local language Dhivehi was developed and showed in all health facilities and also at MOH reception targeting visitors to these places.