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.

#BEATNCDS- Launch of the PEN Programme in the Maldives

14th August 2017- To reinforce progress towards 2025 non communicable disease targets in the country, HE Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim together with WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur and Director General of Public Health Ms Maimoona Abu Bakr launched the Package of Essential Non Communicable (PEN) Disease Programme for Primary Health Care in the Maldives in an event organized by Health Protection Agency with support and collaboration from WHO Maldives.

World Hepatitis Day 2017- Elimination at Hand

3rd August 2017- The official function to mark World Hepatitis Day 2017 was celebrated by Health Protection Agency and WHO Country Office for Maldives through a High Level Meeting today. Cabinet members such as Minister of Home Affairs Honorable Azleen Ahmed, Minister of Health Honorable Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim together with the WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur attended the event, themed "Eliminate Hepatitis".


WHO Representative

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.

Make medicines accessible for all

Op-ed by Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region
Everyone everywhere should have access to essential medicines
Access to medicines is a critical factor to ensure healthy lives and promote well- being of all people of all ages. Medicines exist. But are often inaccessible for reasons beyond control. They may be too costly - purchasing them may burden household finances, risking poverty or debt. They may be in short supply due to delivery issues in distribution channels, making continuity of treatment difficult. They may be of substandard quality - when medicines are falsified or poorly produced, they are not only ineffective, but also dangerous.

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