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.

WHO Maldives conferred NDA’s Special Recognition Award by Honorable Vice President HE Abdulla Jihad on International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

2nd July 2018 – At an official ceremony held by the National Drug Agency, Government of Maldives on the occasion of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, WHO Maldives Country Office was awarded the Special Recognition Award for their extensive and exemplary support to National Drug Agency. The award was conferred on behalf of the Government by Honorable Vice President of the Maldives HE Abdulla Jihad.

WHO confers World No Tobacco Day Award 2018 to Dhamana Veshi, Maldives

6th June 2018- On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day 2018, the World Health Organization conferred the World No Tobacco Day award to individuals/organizations belonging to the six WHO Regions doing outstanding work in Tobacco Control. The proud recipient from the WHO South East Asia is Dhamana Veshi the urban health center in Male- Award was conferred by WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur on behalf of WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Regional Director Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh. The event was graced by His Excellency Minister of Health Honorable Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim as the Chief Guest.


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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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