Ministry of Health has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Griffith University, Australia. The areas of collaboration under this MOU includes collaborative capacity building programs from short professional courses to master and Ph.D. level to post-doctoral programs, exchange of academic staffs and researchers, and collaborative research development.
Griffith University is a leading comprehensive research university in Australia with strengths ranging from creative arts, social science, and humanities through to the physical and natural science, engineering and IT, health and medicine. Griffith University has established strong partnerships with other industries, organizations, governments making it a place where the next generation of researchers and professionals is being nurtured to make their contributions to the world.
In October 2018, Griffith University held a Paramedic Skill Development Programme in Laamu Atoll. 25 people from different health facilities were trained in this training. The equipment used in this programme was donated to Maldives by Griffith University.
One of the priorities of the government is to expand the National Ambulance System. Under the signed MoU, Griffith University will support the Maldives to train healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses, community health workers, and other health professionals, by providing support to local training facilities and visits to Griffith University. In addition, community paramedic training and awareness programs in these areas will be conducted with support from Griffith University.
The signing of this MOU will formalize the relationship between Griffith University and the Maldives, opening more opportunities that would be beneficial for both parties and would, directly and indirectly, contribute to the improvement of the Healthcare system of the Maldives.