In pictures - Maldivian Red Crescent: Promoting 4 Healthy Habits

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the main cause of morbidity and mortality in Maldives. According to WHO, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes and cancer account for 67 per cent of all deaths. The Maldivian Red Crescent promotes highly cost-effective “best buys”: physical exercise, alcohol and tobacco control, and healthy diet. Maldivian Red Crescent


According to the 2014 health profile published by the Maldivian Ministry of Health and Gender, 17 per cent of females compared to nine per cent of males are obese. Approximately 50 per cent of the women in the age group 35-years and above are overweight. The Maldivian Red Crescent promotes physical activity and exercise targeted towards women. Maldivian Red Crescent


The Maldivian Red Crescent in partnership with community health centres set-up screening health camps. One of the activities undertaken by the Maldivian Red Crescent volunteers was to check the blood sugar levels of older persons. Maldivian Red Crescent


Poor diets, lack of exercise, smoking and excessive alcohol intake are major risk factors contributing to NCDs. The Maldivian Red Crescent volunteers play an important role not only in bridging the gap between communities and health services but also in promoting healthy lifestyles and diet with community members. Maldivian Red Crescent

Join us in the conversation on 19 May as the discussion Follow the hashtags #4HealthyHabits and #WHA67on NCD prevention gains momentum at the side event of the 67th World Health Assembly.

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