Maldives felicitated for Public Health achievement of EMTCT of HIV and Syphilis by WHO South East Asia
New Delhi, 3 September 2019 – Minister of Health of Maldives Honorable Abdulla Ameen was awarded recognition for Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis; by Regional Director for WHO South East Asia Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh.
Presenting citations to the Ministers for their public health achievements at a side event during the Seventy Second Session of WHO Regional Committee of South-East Asia in New Delhi, the Regional Director, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, and said, “disease eliminations have always been high on our agenda. When I talk about sustain, accelerate and innovate, ‘accelerate’ is to step up efforts to eliminate diseases like the neglected tropical diseases.”
The Regional Director congratulated Maldives on the numerous public health milestones including the most recent achievement of EMTCT, commending and acknowledging the Government‘s high commitment towards achieving Universal Health Coverage; including the highest percentage of Government budget allocation for Health in WHO South East Asia Region.
Maldives is only the second country in the Region to have achieved this feat after Thailand.
This is the fourth consecutive year that the public health achievements awards were presented to Member countries on the sidelines of the Regional Committee Session. With focused and concerted efforts, Member countries are making substantial progress around the priority health issues.
The delegation from Maldives at RC72 is led by Honorable Abdulla Ameen, accompanied by Ambassador of Maldives to India to deliberate on Regional matters of health and advancing towards Health for All. Maldives also has been amongst the countries whom adopted the Delhi Declaration, pledging to strengthen Emergency preparedness capacities by scaling up risk assessment, increasing investments and enhancing implementation of multi sectoral plans. Scaling up capacity development in emergency risk management in countries is amongst Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh’s Regional Flagships.
The 72nd Regional Committee for WHO South East Asia continues from 2-6th September 2019 in New Delhi, India.