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.

Inauguration of Adolescent and Youth friendly Health Services Clinic in Baa Eydhafushi

24th July 2016 – A clinic for Adolescent and Youth Friendly Health Services in Baa Eydhafushi, Maldives was inaugurated by Honorable Minister of Health HE Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim and WHO Representative to the Maldives Dr Arvind Mathur. The staff of Eydhafushi Hospital was trained with WHO’s support prior to it’s inauguration.

Highlights from World Health Day Fair 2016 at Rasfannu

On 8th April 2016, Health Protection Agency in joint collaboration with WHO held the World Health Day Fair 2016 at Rasfannu, Male’. During the inauguration ceremony both WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur and the Minister of Health Ms Iruthisham Adam assured the public that advancements will continue to avail in the Health sector especially in the area of Diabetes.

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Photo Gallery: Glimpses of World Health Day around the Maldives

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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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