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.
The Maldives National Drug Agency provides drug prevention, treatment and rehabilitation for the drug users and effectively re-integrate them back to the society. In 2017, The National Drug Control Council decided to commence Neltrexone medication programme to replace the existing Methadone treatment. Technical assistance was sought from WHO which was facilitated by country office as together with regional office and HQ, it assisted NDA to establish Naltrexone treatment for management of Substance Use Disorders in Maldives based on the well accepted international standards and to provide evidence based service delivery.
WHO provided support to develop the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Switching Patients on Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) to Naltrexone Maintenance and SOP for Medication Assisted Treatment Using Naltrexone for Patients with Opioid Use Disorders.
With support from WHO Collaborating center in AIIMS, New Delhi; training for the staff of NDA on the SOPs and manual was conducted. The consultant/experts provided off-site mentoring and support to the health care staff engaged in delivery of Naltrexone based treatment in Maldives. Furthermore, WCO is working to create a Tele platform for the same. NDA has been actively engaged in Tobacco Control activities in the Maldives as well.
WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur and Country Office Team express our deepest gratitude and appreciation to the Honorable Vice President HE Abdulla Jihad and National Drug Agency for conferring the Special Recognition Award. We are committed to continue with closer and stronger collaboration in health across all sectors.