Dr Amal Saif al Maani, a consultant for infectious diseases in children and infection control, has been awarded the Sasakawa Health Prize 2021, a prestigious international recognition by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Dr Amal, who is director of Infection Prevention and Control in the Ministry of Health’s Directorate General for Disease Surveillance and Control, has been recognised for raising awareness on antimicrobial resistance, the importance of hand hygiene, and for advocating rational use of antimicrobials in Oman.
‘To help combat antimicrobial resistance, Dr Amal engaged in the national project ‘Be a Role Model for Hand Hygiene’ as part of her advocacy work for hand hygiene in the community and healthcare settings in Oman,’ WHO stated.
‘Dr Amal was nominated for her leadership in establishing a system for antimicrobial resistance surveillance at the national level, which enabled Oman become part of the Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System.’
Dr Amal’s joint winner of the award is Dr Wu Hao, director of Fangzhuang Community Health Service Centre, China, who was given the prize for his leadership in developing an intelligent family physician-optimised collaborative model, which has been adapted and applied during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Sasakawa Health Prize consists of a statuette and a sum of money given to institutions, non-governmental organisations or individuals that have accomplished outstanding innovative work in health development, such as the promotion of health programmes or notable advances in primary health care in order to encourage the further development of such work.