High Level Advocacy Forum on Tobacco Control held in the Maldives

20th September 2016 – Excellency Vice President Mr Abdulla Jihad as Chief Guest together with Honorable Minister of Health Mr Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim and Dr Arvind Mathur, WHO Representative to Maldives attended the High Level Advocacy Forum for Tobacco Control in Maldives. The Forum was jointly organized by WHO Country Office and Health Protection Agency. Honorable Minister of Gender and Family Ms Aminath Zenysha Shaheed Zaki and Honorable Minister of Home Affairs Mr Azleen Ahmed along with several Member of Parliaments, high officials of Health and other Ministries, members of Diplomatic Community and stakeholders from academia, professional associations, civil societies and academia attended the Forum. Dr Vera Da Costa, Head of Framework Convention, Geneva and Dr Thaksaphon, Director- Non Communicable Diseases, SEARO along with several global and regional experts in tobacco control attended the advocacy forum.

WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur with Health Minister Honorable Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim launches the Tobacco Cessation Toolkit and NCD Multi Sector Action Plan

29th August 2016- A five year National NCD Action Plan supported by WHO was launched by His Excellency Minister of Health Mr Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim at a ceremony held at Orchid Hall, Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital today. Additionally, a toolkit by the name “National Tobacco Cessation Toolkit” was launched today by WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur for doctors to bring a halt to tobacco usage and consumption.

Freedom from Filaria- Maldives is the first country in the WHO South East Asia Region to officially eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis

World Health Organization felicitated Maldives today for having eliminated Lymphatic Filariasis, thus becoming the first country in WHO South-East Asia Region and the second globally, after Cuba, to accomplish this public health goal. The official ceremony was graced by Vice President of the Maldives His Excellency Abdulla Jihad and Regional Director to WHO South East Asia Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh.

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Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh inaugurating the ‘Fifty Years of Health in Maldives” photo exhibition, 6th December 2015.

6th December 2016 – To commemorate fifty years of Maldives and WHO partnership, WHO South East Asia Regional Director Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh inaugurated a photo exhibition in the presence of HE Minister of Health Ms Iruthisham Adam.

Get ready for the plain packaging of tobacco products

Op-ed by Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region
Tobacco remains a major killer across South-East Asia. Plain packaging can change that.
The tobacco epidemic continues to rage across the WHO South-East Asia Region. Nearly 246 million adults Region-wide smoke this cancer-causing agent, while just below 290 million consume it in a variety of smokeless forms. This results in approximately 1.3 million deaths across South-East Asia every year. That’s 150 deaths per hour.


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