Moza Al Hatmi

Autism Spectrum Disorder
Child Health Section, MOH
Oman

Dr. Moza has studied medicine in College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University where she has been placed in the Dean’s Honour list in 2003, 2004 and 2007. She has attained her Medical Doctor (MD) degree, in 2009. Afterward she has gained her clinical experience from primary health care and pediatric residency. In 2013, she has enrolled to MOH headquarter as part of Department of woman and child health team. She has worked as head of child health section till 2018, where she has dealt with various child health programs’ planning and implementation, guidelines development and healthcare professionals training. In addition to serving as child health programs’ coordinator, Dr. Moza is an author, editor and reviewer of numerous guidelines and reports. She is also a trainer on different topics such as Down syndrome, child abuse and autism. Indeed, she is a frequent speaker in both domestic and international forums concerning child health issues. Dr. Moza was the MOH representative in different regional and international meetings for example; Arab meeting for the preparation of an Arab strategy for maternal and child health project, General Secretariat of the League of Arab States, 14-15 December 2014, Cairo, Egypt and the Discussion of the Combined Third and Fourth Periodic Report on the Rights of the Childs of Sultanate of Oman held in Geneva from 12th-13th January 2016.

Dr Moza has just completed a master’s degree in Autism Spectrum Disorders at Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom with the award of Distinction. She has the interest and drive to develop her academic knowledge and expertise in relation to children autism and disabilities in general.

 

 

Short Description of the Workshop:

1. Training on National Autism Screening Program

Improving the status of children’s health is recognized as fundamental for family, community and for the nation. There is a strong rationale for considering children as high priority groups for health improvement especially children with disability where Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disorders are one of them. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are more prevalent that often stated. The overall prevalence rate of ASD in Oman estimated at 20.35 at 10,000 population (95% confidence interval [CI] 19.39-21.32) between 2012-2018. Screening tools available for clinicians and parents can now detect a reasonable proportion of children with ASD between (16-30 months). They consist of simple checklists completed by parents and followed-up by primary physicians. Since September 2016, Ministry of Health has established a national screening program for Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by using the M-CHAT/R & (M-CHAT-R/F). M-CHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers) is a validated developmental screening tool for toddlers between 16 and 30 months of age. The aim is to screen all children visiting the health institution for the routine well-baby visit at 18 months. Improving quality of life of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disorders through early identification and management.