Maldives’ very own Dr. Nazla featured among women leaders responding to Covid-19 in South Asia by Amnesty

Health Emergency Operation Centre (HEOC) Spokesperson Dr. Nazla Rafeeq | Photo: Avas

Malé, Maldives – Spokesperson of the Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC) and Senior Medical Officer at the Health Protection Agency (HPA), Dr. Nazla Rafeeq has been featured among the women leaders responding to Covid-19 in South Asia, by Amnesty International.

The article, which highlighted women from all over South Asia, who have been actively making positive impacts during the Covid-19 pandemic, featured Dr. Nazla among strong female voices such as Anisa Shaheed, who is journalist reporting on Covid-19 from Afghanistan, and Rukhsana Anwar, the President of the National Programe Health Employees Feredation in the Punjab chapter of Pakistan.

The compassion and empathy women bring to the table, in addition to their immense leadership and technical skills have ensured that the Covid-19 response in Maldives has been largely successful. In this time of great need, women have risen spectacularly to the occasion, and served their nation and its people well.

Dr. Nazla Rafeeq, Spokesperson, HEOC – quoted from Amnesty International

Dr. Nazla, who is currently spearheading the HEOC’s information dissemination as the Spokesperson, was involved in the national Covid-19 response of the Maldives right from the very beginning, including in her capacity as the head of contact tracing.

Amnesty quoted Dr. Nazla’s thoughts about women in the Maldives as, those who “have been on the forefront of the COVID-19 response, leading public health, healthcare and the management of the Covid-19 response nationally.”