Fathimath Jeehan Saleem from the Maldives is currently competing for the Junior Chamber International's Ten Outstanding Young Persons (JCI TOYP) of the world award.
She has been nominated among the 20 finalists of JCI TOYP for her humanitarian, voluntary leadership and dedication to the well-being of others through her work for thalassaemics.
She plays a key role in securing funds, helping families with accommodation, arranging appointments with specialist doctors according to their condition and in organizing several successful fund raising events for the benefit of Thalassaemic patients and families.
Jeehan is the first molecular geneticist in the Maldives for DNA based screening for Thalassaemia in the Maldives at the Society for Health Education (SHE). Among the handful of people in Maldives with a Public Health Master’s degree, she presently works with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Jeehan received the National Youth Award in 2007, a prestigious award given by the president of the Maldives, for her social, humanitarian and voluntary work and leadership in the area of Thalassaemia prevention, advocacy and support for Thalassaemia patients and families. She is a recipient of the JCI TOYP national award in 2011 for the exceptional voluntary and humanitarian contribution social, and leadership in the area of support for Thalassaemic patients and families.
JCI is currently active in more than 100 countries, as JCI celebrates its 30th anniversary for the TOYP Program, JCI is inviting young people from all around the world to participate in selecting the 2012 JCI TOYP Honorees through an online voting platform along with the traditional final judging panel, comprised of representatives of selected partner organizations and the JCI President.
The JCI public online vote is calculated by the number of likes each individual receives. The online voting is conducted through the JCI website TOYP voting page where voters must select a nominee by clicking on their name to view their individual page, and then pressing the "Like" below their biography. Anyone logged on to Facebook can vote and share the nominee’s profile on their Facebook accounts.
Jeehan’s contribution is remarkable in numerous ways as she works her way from grass roots level to policy making level. One of her main accomplishments includes her proposal in 2011 which secured USD53,000 from a Saudi donor to develop the capacity of Maldivian Thalassaemia Society.
The Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP) program serves to formally recognize young people who excel in their chosen fields and exemplify the best attributes of the world's young people.