JCI News Fathmath Jeehan Saleem of the Maldives 
selected as one of the 2012 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World
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For her extraordinary work in disease awareness and patient advocacy, Fathmath Jeehan Saleem of Malé, Maldives was named a 2012 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) recipient in the category of humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership. 

Beginning as a Master of Public Health student at universities in Australia and New Zealand, Fathmath Jeehan Saleem’s service based career was inspired by her education in medical laboratory science and applied science. Serving as a reproductive health National Program Officer with the UN Population fund, Saleem resides in the Maldives and shows her dedication to the wellbeing of others through her work with those who suffer from a group of rare genetic blood disorders, thalassaemics.


In 1992, Saleem started her crusade for the protection and awareness of people living with thalassaemia, a group of genetic blood disorders, which can affect the heart and liver, increase risk of infection and enlarge the spleen. This wide variety of complications make the patient’s quality of life low and cost of healthcare needs high. After extensive research on the disease and with a strong will to improve the lives of others, Saleem decided to dedicate her work to helping these patients integrate themselves into mainstream society. 


After joining the Maldivian Thalassaemia Society (MTS), a nonprofit focused on improving the welfare of thalassaemia patients and their families, Saleem became an amazing resource for these patients and provided accommodations during their trips to receive blood transfusions. Saleem also acted as a counselor and mentor for thalassaemics and their families, using her leadership skills to advocate for local and national policy changes to advance the rights of thalassaemics. Her knowledge of the complications and healthcare needed, along with her passion for helping others, gives hope to people living with thalassaemia in Maldives and around the world. 



JCI (Junior Chamber International) honors ten outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission and provide extraordinary service to their communities. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, these young active citizens create positive impacts on a local and global level.


These ten young active citizens will be honored at the 2012 JCI TOYP Ceremony and reception Tuesday, November 20 at the JCI World Congress in Taipei, Taiwan.


About JCI: JCI is a worldwide membership-based nonprofit organization of young active citizens ages 18 to 40 who are dedicated to creating positive change in their communities. Through projects in more than 5,000 communities across more than 100 countries, members seek targeted solutions to local problems, creating a global impact.


Visit www.jci.cc to learn more.



Krissy Durant, Programs Manager, JCI (Junior Chamber International)



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