First Lady Fazna Ahmed on Thursday expressed her appreciation for the guidance and support that the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has consistently provided to the Maldives in various sectors related to child welfare in a meeting with Dr Edward Addai, the UNICEF Representative to the Maldives.

At the meeting, which took place at the Official Residence of the President, Mulee’aage, the First Lady to acknowledge the significant contributions of UNICEF in bolstering the welfare of children in the Maldives.

The First Lady emphasised that protecting and promoting children’s rights in the Maldives is a top priority for the current administration. She highlighted the joint efforts between the government and UNICEF to improve conditions for children in the Maldives and underscored the need to enhance these efforts and provide further support.

Dr Addai outlined UNICEF’s plans to promote children’s rights in the Maldives. The discussion also encompassed tackling mental health issues in youth, the importance of good parenting, nutrition, and an active lifestyle, the welfare of children in state care, and community involvement in child-related matters.

The First Lady commended UNICEF’s humanitarian assistance for the children in Gaza and expressed gratitude for their efforts to aid the children suffering due to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.

As a token of appreciation for her work in championing children’s welfare, Dr Addai presented the First Lady with a memento at the meeting.