Muscat, 28 Jun (ONA) – The Sultanate, represented by the Ministry of Health, today signed a country plan for strategic cooperation with the World Health Organisation (WHO). The agreement seeks to realize a ‘health effect’ from policies, strategies and national plans and enhance Omani society’s health.
The Sultanate is considered the first country in the Middle East to complete the development of a strategy related to the new consultative methodology at Middle East level.
The strategy outlines aspects of technical cooperation to respond to priorities and requirements of the Sultanate towards the realization of national health policies and sustainable development goals.
The agreement was signed by Dr. Ahmed Mohammed al-Saeedi, Minister of Health, and Dr. Jean Jabbour, WHO Representative.
Dr. Ahmed underscored the significance of close cooperation between the Sultanate and the WHO.
On his turn, Dr. Jean Jabbour said that this strategy is the outcome of concerted communication between the WHO and the Sultanate through the international organization’s experts and the Health Ministry’s officials over the past two years.
This is the fourth strategy of its kind developed by the two sides for the period 2021-2025. It coincides with the Tenth Five Year Plan of health development aimed to carry out ‘the 13th year working programme’ and ‘the Middle East Vision 2023’ for achieving ‘the three millennia objectives’ and sustainable development goals.
The country cooperation strategy is distinguished for its flexible timeframe which fits with country plans in a manner that is envisaged by United Nations authorities. It accommodates changing scenarios of countries like emergencies and recurring catastrophes. It also represents the main point of access for national support plans, as well as national action plans and programmed budgets.