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.
The Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) is the basis for WHO’s mid-term strategic collaborative work with the Government and people of the Maldives. It provides strategic directions and policy support to national health and development initiatives of the government to address the challenges and priorities of the country. This CCS for 2018–2022 is the fourth strategic collaboration with the Government of Maldives, which focuses on mainstreaming of the SDGs including providing an opportunity to address cross-cutting and intersectoral challenges on environmental and social determinants of health.
During the ceremony, WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur gave an in-depth presentation on how the CCS was developed emphasizing upon the participatory, interactive and consultative process adopted for identifying the four key strategic priorities. He acknowledged Minister HE Nazim’s leadership and thanked MOH officials for being open to new ways of working for addressing emerging needs of the people and expressed gratitude to other collaborating partners including other Ministries, NGOs, Private sector for their partnership and the support extended during the consultative process of the Country Cooperation Strategy.
The Minister of Health His Excellency Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim and WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur jointly e-launched and unveiled the Country Cooperation Strategy document. His Excellency Minister of Health acknowledged the WHO for extending support to all health endeavors in the country and stated that the CCS is a result of trustworthy process which extends further the near seven-decade long partnership between WHO and the Government of Maldives.