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Demographic Health Survey 2016

With regards to enumerators recruitment for MDHS 2015/16, we are looking for enumerators who are skilled in communicating with people of different age groups, excel in handling difficult situations, able to continuously travel within atolls and excel at team work. We require 14 enumerators for the pretest (we plan to use the same enumerators as supervisors in the main survey field work in January 2016) and 100 enumerators for the main survey. A training of 04 weeks (full day) will be conducted for pretest and main survey separately to the participants before the field work. The tentative schedule for the pretest and main field work are as follows:

- Training and Field work of Pretest : October 2015
- Training and Field work of Main Survey: Mid November 2015 to May 2016

National Nutrition Conference (15-16th September 2015)

Much of a child’s future is determined by the quality of nutrition in the first 1,000 days. Bridging the gap in health and nutrition issues between a mother and her child will reap considerable rewards over the long term. And it is the first and best step in ensuring healthy children, prosperous families and strong communities. Health Protection Agency and UNICEF recognizes malnutrition as a serious public health problem. The National Nutrition Conference will provide a platform for interventions ensuring inclusiveness, transparency, consensus building and integrated programmes focused on a multi-sectoral approach for the national scale up of high impact health and nutrition based on evidence. By focusing investments on improving nutrition for women and children, from pregnancy to age two, much of the serious, often irreversible, damage caused by malnutrition can be prevented. This would aid to accelerate the programmes targeting first 1000 days of a child’s life. During the conference, the role of food subsidies and its effect on malnutrition will be emphasized as crucial areas that need to be addressed. At a consumer level, the increase in prices of fruit, pulses, vegetables, meat and dairy products is expensive and thus making them less affordable, hence resulting in an unbalanced diet and malnutrition. High-energy foods are increasingly being consumed by low-income groups as they are more affordable, at the expense of foods with important micronutrients.

The specific objectives of the Conference are to:
1. Advocacy on translation of policy into action and role of policy makers to facilitate and upscale investment on maternal and child nutrition.
2. National capacity building, enhance and refresh the healthcare providers knowledge on the importance of targeting interventions for the first 1000 days of life to achieve progress towards improving maternal and child nutrition
3. Share the best practices and dissemination of information on ways to scale up programmes to improve child feeding, women's nutrition, early childhood development and water, sanitation and hygiene;
4. Agree on how to best to support community based health promotion focusing on nutrition, advocacy to address this ongoing public health concern, monitoring and evaluation and discussing policy measures and programmes to accelerate child health and nutrition.

Theme for the National Nutrition Conference:
First 1000 days of life - Good nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life is critically important.

The first 1,000 day period of a baby’s life, from conception to the child’s 2nd birthday offer a unique window of opportunity to shape healthier and more prosperous futures. For infants and children under the age of two, the consequences of undernutrition are particularly severe, often irreversible, and reach far into the future. Adequate nutrition during this period is crucial for brain development which will determine the child’s cognitive and social ability, school success and productivity in the future.


Other Main International Days: 

8 March 2014
International Women’s Day

22 March 2014
World Water Day

10 May 2014
Children’s Day in the Maldives

5 June 2014
World Environment Day

12 June 2014
World Day against Child Labour

11 July 2014

World Population Day

1-7 August 2014
World Breastfeeding Week



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