Celebrating World AIDS Day 2017 – “Everybody Counts!”

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.

‘Think Twice, Seek Advice’! – Celebrating Antibiotic Awareness Week 2017

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

70th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South East Asia in the Maldives

WCO Maldives

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.


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WHO Representative and Secretariat

Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS)

Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) 2013-2017


Vacancies in the WHO Maldives Office

Media Centre

Public information and recent news from WHO Maldives

Information on current situation

WHO Guidelines

A selection of evidence-based guidelines

Photo Gallery: Inauguration of the Seventieth Session of the Regional Committee E-Exhibition by Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh

6th September 2017- Director General of WHO Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Regional Director for WHO South East Asia Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh together with the Minister of Health of the Maldives Honorable Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim inaugurated an Electronic Photo Exhibition which showcases the work of the WHO South East Asia in the Region. The electronic exhibition was an initiative taken by the Region to further reinforce the theme of this year’s ‘Green’ Seventieth Regional Committee meeting, and an effort to reduce paper waste.

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

19th July 2016 - At a ceremony held today, WHO’s South East Asia Regional Director Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh awarded a plaque and a citation to the government of Maldives for eliminating lymphatic filariasis, a dangerous disease familiar to the country for over 50 years. The plaque was accepted on behalf of the Maldives by Honorable Minister of Health Mr Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim.

Build climate-resilient health systems

Op-ed by Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region
Global temperatures are rising. Health systems must adapt
Climate change is happening. In recent years average temperatures across the globe have increased, with significant impact on humanity’s most precious resource – the environment. Water systems are being stressed. Food sources are being imperiled. And areas once safe for settlement are being threatened and erased.

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