Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere - WHO Maldives marks World Health Day 2018

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.

25 by 25 NCD Campaign ‘Kick Start’ Festival

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.

#MVENDTB: The National TB Strategic Plan launched by HE President of the Maldives

15th February 2018- His Excellency President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom launched the National Tuberculosis Strategic Plan in the Maldives today, the first Head of State in WHO South East Asia Region to launch the TB Strategic Plan since the Delhi call for action to End TB. A historic occasion with Highest level political commitment towards ending TB in the Maldives as witnessed with the presence of HE President and all Cabinet Ministers and key stakeholders. The event was a joint collaboration between Ministry of Health and WHO Maldives.


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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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