New WHO Country Representative Dr Arvind Mathur presents Credentials to HE Ms Dunya Maumoon, Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Republic of Maldives

13th October 2015 - Dr Arvind Mathur presented his letter of appointment to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, HE Ms Dunya Maumoon this morning. Senior officials from the ministry of Foreign Affairs and the WHO Maldives Country Office were also present when the new WHO Representative paid a courtesy call on Minister Dunya at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Good nutrition critical during the first 1000 days of life.” - Maldives National Nutrition Conference 2015

The Maldives National Nutrition conference was held from 15th to 16th September 2015 by the Health Protection Agency, Ministry of Health,UNICEF with technical support from WHO. The conference was a befitting forum to target and discuss nutrition sensitive topics such as the raising number of childhood obesity, malnutrition and prioritizing maternal healthcare. In her inaugural address, the Chief Guest Minister of Education Honorable Ms Aishath Shiham highlighted the importance of inclusiveness and comprehensive approach to nutrition problems and highlighted the importance of health interventions. HE Ms Iruthisham Adam, Honorable Health Minister stressed that despite achievements of low infant and child mortality; there is vast scope of improving the infant and child feeding practicing as she acknowledged the importance of safe water and sanitation practices. Dr Arvind Mathur, WHO Representative; advocated partnership and joint collaborative actions to address the “Double-trouble” of over and under nutrition as he acknowledged the presence of Honorable Ministers from three key Ministries. The high level conference was also graced by Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Honorable Dr Mohamed Shainee, Permanent Secretary of the MOH Ms Khadheeja Abdul Samad Abdulla, Deputy Director General of the MOH Ms Aishath Samiya, UNICEF Representative Dr Alice Akunga and Director of the HPA Ms Asma Ibrahim.

Prevent hepatitis- Act now: Launch of WHO Guidelines on Prevention, Care and Treatment of Hepatitis B in Maldives

On August 28, 2015, the World Health Organization Country office for Maldives, together with the Ministry of Heath Maldives and the Health Protection Agency launched the WHO guidelines for prevention, care and treatment of Hepatitis B in Maldives. Her Excellency Ms Iruthisham Adam, Minister of Health while launching the guidelines emphasized on capacity building of health care providers and making services available closer to people. The launch was attended by Honourable State Minister of Health, Dr Habeeb, Dr Sheeza AlI, Director General of Health Services and Dr Maimoona, Director-Health Protection Agency (HPA). WHO Representative, Dr Arvind Mathur while stressing on prevention of Hepatitis B, also shared the importance of making diagnostic and timely treatment services available given each year an estimated 1.5 million people die globally due to hepatitis, of which a third occur in the WHO South-East Asia Region (SEAR). This is more deaths than Malaria, Dengue, and HIV/AIDS related deaths all combined together.

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