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Oman, WHO sign Country Cooperation Strategy

28 Jun 2021

The sultanate, represented by the Ministry of Health (MoH), on Monday signed a Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) with the World Health Organization (WHO) to support the country’s national policy, strategy and plans in order to promote and improve health for all people.

The sultanate is the first country in the Eastern Mediterranean Region that has completed the improvement of the strategy by following a new consultation methodology, which is considered as an example to the rest of the world.

The strategy clarifies the technical cooperation aspects to respond to the sultanate’s priorities and needs and addresses its national health policy and health-related sustainable development goals and targets.

H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health, and Dr Jean Jabbour, WHO representative to the sultanate, signed the strategy in the presence of the MoH’s undersecretaries and senior officials.

The Minister of Health pointed out that this fourth strategy is coming in line with Oman’s tenth five-year health development plan 2021–25, and after the national strategic programmes for the Oman Vision 2040. 

“The strategy supports the national health priorities and augments the ongoing projects and plans. Therefore, the CCS will be the guide of collaboration with the WHO in the coming five years,” he added.

H E Dr Sa’eedi stressed that wide consultation and the heavy involvement as well as the well-made alignment of the CCS with the five-year plans and the 2040 strategic health objectives make the CCS a model for all countries in the region. 

The CCS aims to strengthen and guide cooperation between the WHO and the MoH as the steward of all stakeholders operating in the health sector in mutually agreed priority areas andsupport the country’s national health policy and help promote the health of all people living in Oman. 

It aims to contribute to health and wellbeing in the EMR and beyond, in line with the EMR Health Vision for All by All and GPW13. 

The WHO official said that the CCS for Oman is a result of the WHO reviews and consultative interventions of the concerned experts with the MoH officials over the past two years. 

Dr Jabbour thanked the MoH leadership and the WHO office in the sultanate for their contributions in developing the strategy in line with Oman’s five-year health development plan.

 

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