Fatima Al-Hanai

Director of Woman and Child Health
Department, Ministry of Health

Dr. Fatima Al-Hanai finished her master degree in International Public Health, Sexual and Reproductive health. She is currently the Director of Woman and Child Health at the Ministry of Health in Oman.



Short Description of the Workshop:

1. National Autism Screening: Oman

The prevalence of disability in the Omani population is approximately 3% and 10-15 % of children are with developmental disability of varying severity. One of the important interventions adopted by Ministry of Health in close partnership with concerned sectors, is introducing universal screening for autism spectrum and other developmental disorders in September 2016, to identify children at risk and improve quality of life of affected ones. The program uses the M-Chat questionnaire, which had been validated for Omani Children through a study done by Sultan Qaboos University Hospital for toddlers between 16 and 30 months of age. Children with high scores are referred to one of the diagnostic centers in the country. Those of medium scores are referred to pediatricians for further assessment using M-Chart R/F. To reduce the chance of wrong scoring, the questionnaires were included in the computerized health system (Al Shifaa 3+). The high screening coverage is attributed to the service integration in the vaccination clinics in primary health care facilities and to the unique child health record, which allows tracing screening result when visiting any health institution. The national task force and program managers at different levels regularly monitor and evaluate service implementation.