#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.

Launching of the Health Emergency Operations Center in the Maldives

30th January, 2018- To further strengthen country preparedness, a Health Emergency Operations Center was launched in the Ministry of Health today with support from WHO whom handed over all necessary equipment to establish the center. The handover document was signed by His Excellency Mr. Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim, Minister of Health and Dr Arvind Mathur, WHO Representative to the Maldives.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Health Minister said that acquiring the modern equipment will enhance the country’s capacity for emergency preparedness and response. He also mentioned that the law mandates the Ministry of Health to ensure the best and optimum response is provided to the nation during emergencies.

Maldives National Dengue Prevention Launched for 2018

Saturday, 6th January 2018- With support and partnership from WHO and the Housing Development Corporation, Health Protection Agency rang in the new year with a National Dengue Awareness Campaign. Government, WHO and private institutions in the country participated in the campaign held in Hulhumale’ and contributed their full efforts to reduce mosquito breeding sites. The campaign is being led by Honorable Minister of Health Mr Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim, whom also participated in the activities.


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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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