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Oman’s healthcare award goes to facilities in India, Afghanistan and Zambia

23 Nov 2021

Muscat – The Sultanate of Oman Excellence Award for Health Services During Crisis instituted under the International Hospital Federation (IHF) Awards has gone to three health institutes in Afghanistan, India and Zambia.

The federation announced the winners of the IHF Awards 2021 at the 44th World Hospital Congress (WHC) in Barcelona, Spain, held recently.

The Sultanate of Oman Excellence Award for Health Services During Crisis was first announced during the 2019 WHC held in Muscat. IHF Awards 2020 were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The award instituted by Oman recognises achievements of hospitals and healthcare organisations in developing countries during a time of crisis. Apart from global recognition similar to other IHF Awards, winning organisations receive a grant of 10,000 Swiss francs.

The French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children in Afghanistan won the gold award, Medland Health Services in Zambia won silver and Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd in India claimed bronze.

Amiri Medical Complex (Afghanistan), Democrito O Plaza Memorial Hospital (Philippines), Dr Jose N Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium (Philippines), MAX Superspeciality Hospital (India), and Shahid Beheshti Medical University of Sciences (Iran) won honourable mentions.

During the awards ceremony, attended by hospital and healthcare leaders from around the world, gold, silver and bronze awards were revealed in each of six IHF Awards categories, as well as honourable mentions for other exceptional entries in each category. Gold winners were invited to present their winning programmes and projects in a special parallel session at WHC.

The awards committee, comprising health leaders from around the world and chaired by Dr Lawrence Lai of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority, evaluated 250 entries submitted from 38 countries/territories – a record since the awards were established in 2015.

Evaluation is based on five criteria – originality and innovativeness; intended impact; adaptability and scalability; scientific rigor; and clarity.

The five other IHF Awards are Dr Kwang Tae Kim Grand Hospital Award, American College of Healthcare Executives Excellence Award for Leadership and Management, Austco Excellence Award for Quality and Patient Safety, Ashikaga-Nikken Excellence Award for Green Hospitals, and Seddiqi Holding Excellence Award for Corporate Social Responsibility.

The Royal Hospital in Muscat won silver in the Austco Excellence Award for Quality and Patient Safety that recognises excellence or outstanding achievements in promoting quality and patient safety. The gold went to Kaiser Permanente Northern California (USA) and bronze jointly to Saudi German Hospital Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) and Hospital Universitari Mútua Terrassa (Spain).

The Sultanate of Oman Excellence Award for Health Services During Crisis is given to the hospitals in a developing country (low income country according to latest World Bank list) and/or in a country facing a major nationwide crisis (war and/or disaster). The hospital must have experienced or is currently experiencing a situation of particular strain from an acute or unexpected nature.

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