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Shimla’s Story

As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Maldives’ membership at United Nations, check out some of the key areas in which UN is making a difference in Maldives. The story in this infomercial portrays the partnership between the United Nations and the Government of Maldives and other stakeholders to improve the lives …

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The People’s Atoll – Story of the First Biosphere Reserve of the Maldives

As he gazes out over the crystal blue water these days, Ahmed Fareesh reflects back to times long ago. A time of young dreams that yearned to journey across the expanse of the sea that stretched infinitely before him.  A time of fantasies that reached beyond the waves to the …

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UNDP Success Story: From black coral to pearls: Reaping benefits from a new enterprise

In the years leading up to the 1990s residents of the islands of Vaavu Atoll were benefitting enormously from the trade of black coral. Eight years ago when the collection of black coral was banned, the people knew that they would be losing precious income from the lucrative but endangered …

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UNDP Success Story: ICT friendly kids – Kudafari’s pride and joy

“They get very excited and they love it” said Azlifa Adam parent of little 7 year old Ali who is one among many kids his age who has learnt how to use computers. When the Kudafari ICT first opened just beside the pre-school, many of the kids were reticent and …

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UNICEF Success Story: Improving island communities access to safe drinking water

Every time Mariyam gives her 2-year-old daughter water to drink from their tank at home, it represents a small miracle. For a nation surrounded by thousands of square kilometers of ocean, Maldives has still had to think carefully about water. Access to water supply and sanitation is a fundamental need …

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UNFPA Success Story: Empowering women through creating opportunities for higher education

Hawwa Sahiya, from Haa Alif Kelaa, never thought she would get the opportunity to study at the Centre for High Education (CHSE) in Male’. But with support from a UNFPA-executed project funded by the European Commission on the empowerment of women, Hawwa, who is in 11th grade, now looks forward …

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WHO Success Story: WHO helps Maldives butt out and kick the habit

It is widely believed that the Portuguese brought the tobacco habit to the region during their occupation of the Indian sub continent. It soon spread to all countries in the region becoming a habit and socially accepted norm. Today, tobacco revenue as a percentage of the government annual revenue is …

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WHO Success Story: Helping tackle Tuberculosis

“Oh yeah! This is like having a new lease on life. I used to be so scared of getting treatment but now I am so glad I did. I’m practically back to normal” recalls 45 year old Luthfee who has just completed his DOTS treatment. Since the WHO recommended Directly …

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UNFPA Success Story: Improved reproductive health contributes to safe deliveries in island communities

Athifa Adam recalls the birth of her third child, at home in 1999, with a shudder.”At the time, the hospital had not yet been built, and we had a health centre with no doctor,” says the 32-year-old resident of Gdh. Thinadhoo, whose first two children were delivered in Male’. “It …

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