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Sultanate of Oman

WHO EMRO Region:
Training Meeting for a National Survey on Salt Consumption
10th-16th December 2016
Muscat, Sultanate of Oman


The W.H.O. Collaborating Centre of the University of Warwick is providing technical support to the Ministry of Health of the Sultanate of Oman, as part of its remits to support the W.H.O. E.M.R.O. Region in the implementation of population salt reduction programmes in Member States.

The technical support will (i) assist with adapting the W.H.O. E.M.R.O. protocol of the 24h urinary sodium to Oman; (ii) advise on the implementation of the study with identified local experts; (iii) train local staff on implementation of 24h urine collection protocol; (iv) support during data collection, process and analysis.

The first mission was held in Muscat between 10th-16th December 2016 and was attended by Prof Francesco P Cappuccio from the W.H.O. Collaborating Centre. During his stay there were meetings:

  • with Dr Ruth Mabry (Technical Officer - WHO Country Office of Oman), to discuss WHO strategies and priorities in the area;
  • with Dr Amel Ibrahim (Nutrition Department/DGHA, Ministry of Health of Oman), Dr Lyutha Al-Subhi (Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition, Sultan Qaboos University), Dr Ruqaya Balushi (Ministry of Health of Oman) and Dr Salima, to discuss practical issues in the design, implementation and analysis of a nutritional survey;
  • with Dr Adhra Al-Mawali (Director of Centre for Statistics and Research), Dr Waleed Nasser Al-Shekaili (Acting Head of Systems Research) and Dr Magdi Mahamoud Morsi (Statistician), all from the Ministry of Health of Oman, to discuss possible interaction with the National Nutritional Survey of Oman and the assessment and monitoring of national salt consumption;
  • finally, with His Excellency the Undersecretary for Health Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman, Dr Mohammed bin Saif Al Hosni, and his Advisor Dr Mahmood Shaban, to discuss progress and to receive further advice, endorsement and support for the National initiative.