6th June 2018- On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day 2018, the World Health Organization conferred the World No Tobacco Day award to individuals/organizations belonging to the six WHO Regions doing outstanding work in Tobacco Control. The proud recipient from the WHO South East Asia is Dhamana Veshi the urban health center in Male- Award was conferred by WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur on behalf of WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Regional Director Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh. The event was graced by His Excellency Minister of Health Honorable Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim as the Chief Guest.
4th April 2018: A unique celebration to mark World Health Day 2018 and WHO’s 70th Anniversary was officiated by WHO Maldives. To highlight the theme of ‘Universal Health Coverage’, the event was held in a “covered” tent and was graced with the presence of Chief Guest His Excellency Minister of Health Honorable Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim, Her Excellency Minister of Gender and Family Honorable Zenysha Shaheed Zaki, Ambassadors, Diplomats, UN Agencies, Partnering Companies and NGOS.
24th March 2018 – The 25 by 25 NCD Campaign Kick Start Festival was held at Rasfannu Beach today. With tons of activities and unique stalls held by different partners, the fair had something healthy to offer to people of all ages, and all walks of life. These ranged frrom preparation of health gourmet recipes, mental health counseling, physical activities, children’s games, live entertainment and demonstrations etc. The Fair was inaugurated by Her Excellency Minister of Youth and Sports Honorable Iruthisham Adam. The evening Reception was commemorated by His Excellency Minister of Health Honorable Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim and was graced by Her Excellency Minister of Gender and Family Honorable Zenysha Shaheed Zaki and WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
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