Minister of Health Mr Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim conferred World No Tobacco Day Award by WHO

On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day, The World Health Organization has conferred The World No Tobacco Day Award to Minister of Health Maldives Mr Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim for taking action and implementing a number of strategies to ensure a tobacco free Maldives. Increase in tobacco taxation, initiation of tobacco cessation services and leading the awareness for tobacco control are some of the measures taken.

Maldives Workshop on Strengthening Response to Food Borne Diseases

14th-17th May 2017- A workshop to strengthen and monitor Food Borne diseases was held in Maldives with the collaborative efforts of WHO Maldives and the Maldives Food and Drug Authority, Ministry of Health. The workshop was guided using the WHO Surveillance of Foodborne Disease Manual. The opening ceremony for the workshop was attended by Honorable State and Deputy Ministers of Health as well as officials from WHO.

Workshops held for effectively communicating during Health Emergencies and Partnering with Media

15th May 2017- In the efforts to further reinforce the communication Strategy of the Ministry of Health, a half day workshop was organized by WHO Maldives together with Ministry of Health on Communicating Effectively during Health Emergencies. Furthermore, a short and interpersonal session was also held for local journalists to discuss collaboration and areas of improvement when it comes to health reporting and information dissemination during emergencies. Both sessions were conducted with support from Communications Officer for WHO South-East Asia Region Ms Shamila Sharma.

WHO Representative

WHO Representative and Secretariat

Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS)

Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) 2013-2017


Vacancies in the WHO Maldives Office

Media Centre

Public information and recent news from WHO Maldives

Information on current situation

WHO Guidelines

A selection of evidence-based guidelines

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.

Photo Gallery: Glimpses of World Health Day around the Maldives

Some photographs from World Health Day 2016 which was vibrantly celebrated all over Maldives

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.

Mobilizing against measles

Op-ed by Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region
Act decisively to eliminate measles
The WHO South-East Asia Region is making rapid progress against vaccine-preventable diseases. The Region was certified polio-free in 2014. Maternal and neonatal tetanus was routed in 2016. And routine immunization for diseases such as diphtheria and pertussis continues to expand. More than 90% of populations Region-wide are now accessing the life-saving benefits vaccines bring.


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