Maldives conferred the Public Health Achievement Award from WHO South East Asia Regional Director Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh for the successful control of Rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS)

4th September 2018 – The 71st Regional Committee for WHO South East Asia is taking place in New Delhi, India from 3-7th September 2018. Maldives received the honor of being conferred the Public Health Achievement Award for the successful control of Rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS), two years ahead of regional target of 2020. This award was conferred by the Regional Director for WHO South East Asia, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh. Ms Khadheeja Abdul Samad, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health Maldives received the award on behalf of the Government and people of Maldives. A publication titled “Towards the Rubella-free Dream” was also launched to mark this momentous occasion, which details out Maldives journey towards the control of Rubella.

Launching of the Maldives-WHO Country Cooperation Strategy 2018-2022

15th August 2018 – The Maldives-WHO Country Cooperation Strategy 2018-2022 was launched by Minister of Health His Excellency Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim and WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur at an official ceremony held by WHO Maldives. The Country Cooperation Strategy is the fourth strategic collaboration with the Government of Maldives. The event was also graced by Her Excellency Minister of Gender and Family Ms Zenysha Shaheed Zaki, Foreign Secretary of Government of Maldives, State Minister of Environment & Energy, Members of the Diplomatic Core, senior officials from Health and other collaborating Ministries, civil society organizations and collaborating partners from different sectors.

World Breastfeeding Week 2018: “Breastfeeding: Foundation for Life”

#WorldBreastfeedingWeek is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August. It is a valuable way to advocate for the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding everywhere. The theme this year is “Breastfeeding: Foundation for Life” — in recognition of the importance of breastfeeding to a baby’s future.

Feeding infants nothing but breastmilk for the first six months of life otherwise known as “exclusive breastfeeding” helps young children grow, prevents undernutrition, promotes brain development, and reduces the risk that children will become overweight. This is also a beneficial, economical practice which increases the bond between mother and child. Breastmilk acts as the baby’s first vaccine, providing the necessary antibodies and a boost in immunity.


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‘Think Twice, Seek Advice’! – Celebrating Antibiotic Awareness Week 2017

13th-19th November marked the World Antibiotic Awareness Week. The Maldives Food and Drug Authority with support from and in partnership with WHO observed wide range of activities across the country focusing on the theme of ‘Seek advice’ from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics.

Minister of Health HE Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim and WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur jointly launched the National Action Plan for Containment of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) 2017-2022 in Male at an official multi-stakeholder event which is the hallmark of the plan as it includes and focuses on coordination between the different sectors to strengthen the battle against antimicrobial resistance

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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