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Removing the barriers: The Maldivian society as a whole will benefit by removing the barriers for women to contribute

As my first field trip, I visited Hulhumeedhoo, the South of the Maldives, where I met Shafaaf Rizwan, the President of Meedhoo Ekuveringe Cheynu (MEC) and MEC members.  The MEC is a women’s community based organisation in Hulhumeedhoo and works for women’s economic empowerment. Starting from their initial engagement in …

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Maldives introduces injectable Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV)

MALE’, 03 March 2015 – Maldives today introduced the injectable Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) into its routine immunization schedule, in a key step to accelerate global eradication of polio. Despite the certification of South-East Asia as polio-free in March 2014, the risk persists until the disease is eradicated globally. The universal …

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UN Maldives Commends Government Response to Water Crisis in Male’

Male’, 8 December 2014 – The United Nations in Maldives commends the outstanding response by the Government of Maldives in providing relief to the water crisis in Male’ that commenced on 4 Dec 2014. The 130,000 residents in Male’ are being provided bottled water and desalinated water via public taps …

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Rain Water Pumped from UN Building to be Treated Before Public Use

Male’, 7 December 2014 – The tests done on rain water stored underground the UN Building on Buruzu Magu showed that water needs to be treated before drinking.  According to Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) and Maldives Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC), the water will be treated accordingly before making it available …

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UN Maldives to Provide 180 Tonnes of Rain Water

Male’, 5 December 2014 – The United Nations in Maldives in coordination with National Disaster Management Center (NDMC) and logistic support from the Ministry of Defence and National Security  will be distributing  about 180 tonnes of rain water stored underground the UN Building on Buruzu Magu to the general population …

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UNICEF Strengthens Partnerships with Civil Society Organizations to Promote Maternal and Child Nutrition

There is a recognised need to optimise nutritional status before pregnancy, during pregnancy, the post-partum period and breastfeeding, and in the early years of life. The nutritional status of the pregnant women influences the growth and physical and mental development of the foetus. It has a major impact on infant …

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Inclusion of Special Education Needs across the Education Spectrum

Inclusive education policy of Ministry of Education outlines that Special Educational Needs (SEN) is an integral component of the education system. In order to provide equal opportunities for all the children, a SEN class has been established in each atoll. SEN is a new area for many teachers and lacks …

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Count Me In: Census 2014 Officially Launched

The long awaited Census will be conducted in Maldives in September 2014. During the nationwide population count, all people who are residing in the Maldives will be counted, including, for the first time, the expatriate population. Census is a crucial mechanism to collect important data for policy formulation and development …

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Workshop on Universal Periodic Review Prepares Stakeholders for the Next Cycle

The Human Rights Adviser’s team at UN Maldives supported a workshop organised by the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) to prepare stakeholders for the up coming Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Maldives in May 2015.  The one-day workshop was designed to provide participants with an in-depth understanding …

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UNFPA Maldives Takes Part in Global Selfie Campaign for Youth

UNFPA Maldives took part in the ‘Selfie Campaign’ targeted at youth worldwide as part of its global youth campaign. The selfie campaign was launched in Maldives on 2 July in the run up to this year’s World Population Day on July 11 under the theme of ´Investing in Young People’. …

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