World Health Day 2017: Depression is a Conversation worth our time

7th April 2017- The WHO Maldives together with Ministry of Health, other collaborating ministries and Institutions commemorated the World Health Day throughout Maldives. This year’s theme “Depression: Let’s Talk” offers a unique opportunity to break the stigma associated with the mental health issue. . Gracing the official reception of WHO Country Office, HE Abdulla Jihad, Vice President of Republic of Maldives signed the WHO Day Mural encouraging people to talk to someone they trust. HE Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim, Minister of Health and HE Zenysha Adam Zaki, Minister of Gender and Family joined the conversation on Depression with Dr Arvind Mathur, WHO Representative.

Responding to respiratory infections in Maldives

22nd March 2017- Maldives is experiencing an increase in respiratory infections, including cases of influenza.. Responding to the situation, WHO is supporting Ministry of Health in assessing risks, and recommending appropriate measures to prevent the spread of respiratory infections and influenza.

WHO is supporting the Ministry in assessing requirement and also providing medical supplies to test and treat people.

WHO has already provided 1000 courses of Tamiflu, the drug used for treating cases of influenza, and 200 more are being procured. WHO has also provided supplies to test flu cases. Other requirements like N95 masks, face shields and gowns for use by health workers, are also being procured.

With WHO support, the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital laboratory is equipped and its laboratory staff trained to test and diagnose Influenza strain.

HE Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, the President of Republic of Maldives launches “Measles and Rubella Campaign 2017”

His Excellency Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, the President of Republic of the Maldives launched the “Measles and Rubella Mass Vaccination Campaign 2017-“Maves Jahaifin”” at the Presidential office on 26th February 2017. Minister of Health HE Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim highlighted that MR Campaign aims to vaccinate a target population of 70,000 Maldivians living in different parts of the country as Maldives fast tracks Measles elimination in 2017 ahead of WHO Regional Goal of Measles Elimination by 2020. Dr Arvind Mathur, WHO Representative to Maldives while congratulating HE President, his Government and the people of Maldives complimented overwhelming support and engagement of various ministries, public and private sector companies and especially of young people. The Campaign was simultaneously launched at different sites including in Dharumavantha School by HE Dr Aishath Shiham, Minister of Education and at the largest public service company STELCO by Managing Director Abdul Shukoor.

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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