Maldives is a world ‘hot spot’ for thalassemia. The prevalence of b-thalassemia in the population of this country is 18.1%; 1 in 5 people are carriers of the disease and 1 in 120 live births are estimated to be thalassemia majors. Currently, there are more than 700 thalassemia major patients who require regular blood transfusions, and as a result, 60% of the blood utilization of the Maldives treats these patients.
Cancer awareness workshop held in Adducity Hulhumeedhoo on 22-23rd June 2012. The target audience was women of age group 21-45. The areas covered on this workshop were introduction of cancer, and common predisposing factors for cancer. Major areas covered among most common female cancers were cervical cancer, uterine and breast cancer.