Events to mark World Aids Day 2017 in the Maldives were held on 7th and 9th December 2017 by Health Protection Agency with the support of WHO Maldives, UNICEF and collaboration of Society for Health Education (SHE) and Bike Maldives- “Everybody Counts” being the theme of this year and aiming to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 as a part of the Sustainable Development Goal. This year, both events were formulated with youth as the target audience.
13th-19th November marked the World Antibiotic Awareness Week. The Maldives Food and Drug Authority with support from and in partnership with WHO observed wide range of activities across the country focusing on the theme of ‘Seek advice’ from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics.
Minister of Health HE Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim and WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur jointly launched the National Action Plan for Containment of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) 2017-2022 in Male at an official multi-stakeholder event which is the hallmark of the plan as it includes and focuses on coordination between the different sectors to strengthen the battle against antimicrobial resistance
6th September 2017 - The need to make health for all is a top priority in WHO South-East Asia Region as health ministers, leaders and officials commenced the Seventieth Regional Committee for the WHO South East Asia, proudly hosted by the Maldives. The Regional Committee which continues on for five days is the governing body meeting hosted by one of the eleven Member States of the WHO South East Asia each year.