Delivered on 18 June 2018

Delivered by Ms. Aishath Shahula, First Secretary/ Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva

Mr President,

My delegation thanks the Special Rapporteur Mr Dainus Puras for his valuable contribution to this mandate and in the realization of the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. We also thank him for the comprehensive report focused on right to health and specific forms of deprivation of liberty and confinement in penal and medical regimes.

It is in this vein, we share the Special Rapporteur’s view that Sustainable Development Goal 3 on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages cannot be reached if the global community neglects to seriously address the use of detention and confinement as a public-health policy.

Mr President,

The Maldives Health Master Plan for 2016 – 2025 ensures that ‘Health for all’ is enshrined as a key pillar which aims to improve universal healthcare services, reduce inequalities and improve access to services and medicines across the nation. This is further guided by the National Mental Health Policy 2015-2025 focussed on community-based care, use of life course approach, evidence-based care, and to empower people with mental and psycho social disabilities and their families. The Maldives has expanded its services at central and regional levels, where we guarantee that every inhabited island has access to Government health facilities, as well as a state-owned pharmacy.

In the detention centres in the Maldives, a medical centre is established at every prison and health and medical benefits such as initial health screening, general OPD and specialists through the nearest hospital is guaranteed.

Mr President,

The Maldives reinforces its responsibility and commitment to a global partnership for sustainable development in the face of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

However, we cannot deny the reality of us being a Small Island Developing State, and our unique geographic dispersion of islands, which continues to present us with unique structural challenges.

Thank you