Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director declares Maldives as the first Malaria Free country in the South East Asia Region

The President of Maldives His Excellency President Abdulla Yamin Abdul Gayyoom graced the official ceremony where Dr Singh, Regional Director of WHO, South East Asia Region handed over a citation and plaque to Honorable Minister of Health, HE Ms Iruthisham Adam declaring ‘Maldives as Malaria Free’- the first country in the region to successfully attain this status. The official ceremony was attended by cabinet ministers, senior officials from different Government departments, High Commissioners, Partners and various other stakeholders. A photo exhibition showcasing the 50 years of Maldives and WHO partnership was also inaugurated by Dr Singh on this occasion which was then open for public.

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

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

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Forum held to review Tobacco Free Youth Campaign “IChooseLife”

WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur and team actively took part in a forum conducted by the Health Protection Agency to review the Tobacco Free Youth Campaign “IChooseLife” . The forum which was held at Custom’s Building Conference Hall last Tuesday was graced by it’s Chief Guest; Ministry of Health’s Senior Policy Advisor Mr Abdul Hameed Abdul Samad and Permanent Secretary Ms Khadheeja Abdul Samad. Volunteers from the Ministry of Youth and Sports also engaged energetically in the forum.

Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh inaugurating the ‘Fifty Years of Health in Maldives” photo exhibition, 6th December 2015.

6th December 2016 – To commemorate fifty years of Maldives and WHO partnership, WHO South East Asia Regional Director Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh inaugurated a photo exhibition in the presence of HE Minister of Health Ms Iruthisham Adam.


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