30th December 2018 - President of Maldives H.E Ibrahim Mohamed Solih inaugurated the National Symposium for Traditional and Alternative Medicine in fulfillment of one of the health pledges by Government of Maldives in his 100-day action plan. HE President noted traditional medicine is related to both the body and spirit of people and highlighted their importance in relation to lifestyle related diseases and with greater focus on prevention. The event was graced by Honorable Minister of Health, Cabinet Ministers, WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur, WHO South East Asia Regional Advisor for Traditional Medicine Dr Sungchol Kim, Traditional Medicine Practitioners, senior officials from MOH and other ministries and partners.
Improving access to safe blood, transfusion services and treatment for thalassemic patients; WHO Maldives partners with and supports Government of Maldives to Launch the National Blood Policy
27th December 2018 – WHO Maldives partnered with and supported Ministry of Health, Government of Maldives and Maldives Blood Services in the development of National Blood Policy which was launched by HE Abdulla Ameen, Hon Minister of Health. Upgrading services for Thalassemia patients especially blood transfusion services are part of His Excellency President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s 100-Day Health Pledges. Complimenting Hon Minister and Maldives Blood Services at the launch, WHO Rep noted this as right step to ensure provision of safe, adequate and accessible supply of high-quality blood and blood products to all patients in need of a transfusion. The ceremony was graced by Hon Zuhair, State Ministers of Health, Permanent Secretary Ms Khadeeja, DG-Public Health Ms Maimoona, DG-MFDA Dr Shareefa along with several senior officials from Ministry of Health, Maldives Blood Services and Blood Council and representatives from leading hospitals from public and private sectors.
WHO Maldives partners in nationwide “Saafu Raajje- Clean Maldives” Campaign launched by HE Ibrahim Mohamed Solih; President of Maldives
8th December 2018 - President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has today launched the National Cleaning Exercise, as pledged in his “First 100 Days Goals”, by clearing the garbage around the Maafannu Stadium. WHO Maldives supported and participated in the event.
Vice President Faisal Naseem, Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, The Cabinet including Minister of Health HE Abdulla Ameen along with State Ministers of Health Dr. Shah Abdullah Mahir and Mr. Mohamed Zuhair, Male City Mayor Ms. Shifa Mohammed, senior delegates of the Government, Dr Arvind Mathur, WHO Representative and representatives from NGOs and the private sector were amongst the large number of participants at the day’s event.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2018 – Think Twice, Seek Advice
Each November, World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) aims to increase global awareness of antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the public; health workers and policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.
Partnering with Maldives Food and Drug Authority, Ministry of Health, WHO Country office supported various activities including continued transmission of information on AMR on several TV channels additional to TV talk show where experts provided more detailed information. An animated video in both English and local language Dhivehi was developed and showed in all health facilities and also at MOH reception targeting visitors to these places.