Handover of Interagency Emergency Health Kits (IEHK)

13th July 2017 – In an official ceremony held at the Ministry of Health, WHO Country Office for Maldives handed over Interagency Emergency Health Kits to the government of Maldives to be used by the country’s health teams to meet the health care needs of people in times of crisis. WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur signed the official handover document together with the Minister of Health Honorable Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim. One kit is designed to meet the basic health needs of 10 000 people for a period of approximately 3 months.

WHO's Interagency Emergency Health Kit (IEHK) is a standardized kit of essential medicines, supplies and equipment deployed by UN agencies and other partners who respond to large-scale emergencies. These kits are developed to provide reliable and affordable medicines and supplies quickly to those in need. The kits are used by United Nations agencies, nongovernmental organizations and national governments.

In an official ceremony held at the Ministry of Health, WHO Country Office for Maldives handed over the kits to the government of Maldives to be used by the country’s health teams in times of crisis. WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur signed the official handover document together with the Minister of Health Honorable Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim to symbolically complete the formalities.

The Maldives till date, have received a total of 4 IEH Kits One kit is designed to meet the basic health needs of 10 000 people for a period of approximately 3 months.

WHO has developed standardized health kits of medicines and medical supplies to meet different health needs in humanitarian emergencies and disasters. Ministry of Health will be distributing the kits to pre-identified areas most vulnerable to disasters. The supplies provided by WHO will be used by the country’s health teams to better respond to the dire health care needs of people in the islands of Maldives.

WHO continues to support the government of Maldives to be better prepared and respond to the health needs of the people.

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