‘It’s time’ to #EndTB – Maldives celebrates World Tuberculosis Day 2019

24th March 2019 - Each year, WHO commemorates World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on March 24 to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of TB, and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic. Maldives commemorated World TB Day with an official function supported by WHO, with the gracious presence of State Minister of Health Mr Mohamed Zuhair, Director General of Public Health Ms Maimoona Abu Bakr, and WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur. A Maldives National Technical Advisory Group for Tuberculosis was launched during the ceremony. Active case detection of TB commenced in two high endemic Atolls, as part of the commemoration.

Maldives launches Nationwide HPV Vaccination for Young Girls

21st March 2019- WHO Maldives supported and partnered with the Government of Maldives in launching the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccination Campaign for young girls between 10-14 years old in a ceremony held in Thaajuddeen School, Male’. The Nationwide HPV campaign is amongst the Health Pledges of His Excellency President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih for his first 100-days in office, a step in the right direction to eliminate Cervical Cancer. The historic occasion was graced by Chief Guest Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage Her Excellency Yumna Maumoon, His Excellency Minister of Health Mr Abdulla Ameen, WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur, State Ministers of Health, Education, Gender, Family & Social Services, Islamic Affairs, Members of Maldives Technical Advisory Group on Immunization, representatives of civil society and International organizations, parents, teachers and school children.

WHO supports Government of Maldives National Symposium for Traditional and Alternative Medicine

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.


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World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2018 – Think Twice, Seek Advice

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.

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.

Build climate-resilient health systems

Op-ed by Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region
Global temperatures are rising. Health systems must adapt
Climate change is happening. In recent years average temperatures across the globe have increased, with significant impact on humanity’s most precious resource – the environment. Water systems are being stressed. Food sources are being imperiled. And areas once safe for settlement are being threatened and erased.

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