World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14. It is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and supported by IDF member associations, national and local authorities, NGOs, international organizations and private sector. The main goal of annual campaigns is to raise awareness about diabetes and to engage millions of people around the world into diabetes related advocacy activities. Today, 347 million people worldwide have diabetes. More than 80% of diabetes deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. WHO projects that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death in 2030. In South-East Asia (SEA) more than 70.3 million people have diabetes; by 2030 this will rise to 120.9 million. Diabetes caused 1.1 million deaths in the SEA Region this year. USD 4.6 billion was spent on treating diabetes in the region. One fifth of all adults living with diabetes, live in SEA region.
The Delegation of the Republic of Maldives participated in the 31st Meeting of Health Ministers of the WHO South-East Asia Region and the 66th Session of the Regional Committee
On 10 September 2013 India hosted the 31st Meeting of Ministers of Health of the WHO South-East Asia Region. Health Ministers from 11 Member States reviewed progress on decisions and recommendations from previous meetings of Ministers of Health and adopted the “New Delhi Declaration on High Blood Pressure”. The Health Ministers committed to according high priority to the prevention and control of high blood pressure and to strive towards measurable reduction in the prevalence of hypertension in the Region by 2025.
Human Resources for Health (HRH) is a crucial component and pillar of a health system. 1 In order to provide access to qualified and efficient health services to the entire population, HRH of an adequate quantity and necessary skill mix is required, and HRH should be equitably distributed, well supported and sufficiently motivated. The World Health Report 2006 – “Working Together for Health”, reveals an estimated shortage of almost 4.3 million doctors, midwives, nurses and support workers worldwide. 2 The First Global Forum on HRH by the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) agreed on a policy document to provide due guidance to countries through its six interacting strategies. This document, the Kampala Declaration and Agenda for Global Action, focuses on all stages of the health workers' career lifespan from entry to health training, to job recruitment through to retirement. 3
UN Resident Coordinator, WHO Representative and UNOPS Country Manager Meet the President and the Cabinet Members
The UN Resident Coordinator in Maldives Tony Lisle, WHO Representative Dr Akjemal Magtymova, and Project Centre Manager of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), Mr Alejandro Ruiz-Acevedo met President of the Republic of Maldives, Dr Mohamed Waheed on 31 July 2013. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Abdul Samad Abdulla, Minister of Finance, Mr Abdulla Jihad, Mrs Aishath Bisham and Mr Ahmed Thaufeeq of President’s Office were present. The meeting took place at the President’s Office and discussions were held on the progress in the Maldives’ health sector and the UN collaboration towards addressing universal health coverage goals of financial protection and equity of access of the Maldivian population to quality healthcare. Maldives’ remarkable achievements in public health, such as sustained control of communicable diseases (eradication of malaria and control of poliomyelitis and other vaccine preventable diseases to name a few) and steep declines of maternal mortality and morbidity, resulting in increase in life expectancy and its quality were possible due to a sound orientation on primary health care with a dedicated workforce. Universal health coverage is synonymous to “Health for All” and the Primary Health care approach remains as ever important to cater more effective and less costly preventive interventions for safeguarding public health.
- World Diabetes Day
- The Delegation of the Republic of Maldives participated in the 31st Meeting of Health Ministers of the WHO South-East Asia Region and the 66th Session of the Regional Committee
- Evidence-Based Strategic Plan for Health Workforce, Republic of Maldives (2013-2018)
- UN Resident Coordinator, WHO Representative and UNOPS Country Manager Meet the President and the Cabinet Members
- Country Cooperation Strategy Republic of Maldives 2013-2017 [pdf 1.71Mb]
- High Blood Pressure Maldives [pdf 80kb]
- Trends in maternal mortaility: 1990 to 2010 [pdf 1.27Mb]
- Maldives demographics and health survey 2009 [pdf 4.66Mb]
- National occupational health profile - Maldives [pdf 3.29Mb]
- Millennium development goals: Maldives Country Report 2010 [pdf 1.48Mb]
- Global school-based student health survey: 2009 Maldives [pdf 1.71Mb]