MUSCAT — The Health Ministry will receive next week the United Nations Public Service Award for 2012 (UNPSA), the second category of promoting the elimination of gender disparities in the area of public services for its e-project "Maternal and Child Welfare Programme" affiliated to Shifa system.
The Maternal and Child Welfare Programme, designed by the Ministry of Health, represented by the Directorate-General of Information Technology, is considered one of the advanced and effective programmes in the health system and society in general.
The programme consists of two parts: the programme of Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI), which depends on a global strategy of the World Health Organisation (WHO) based on strengthening health services for children from birth to age five to reduce the proportion of deaths in this age group, in addition to the woman health programme, which includes health services for women during pregnancy and beyond.
The Sultanate's participation in the United Nations Award for Public Service with the support of senior management of the Ministry came within the framework of fruitful co-operation of the Information Technology Authority (ITA), which chooses the best projects in the Sultanate and nominates them for the contest especially projects that serve the larger category of community members.
It is worth noting that the Ministry of Health won in 2010 the first place in the United Nations awards in the category of the development of knowledge management in advanced government for its e-health programme "Shifa".
The same system won in 2010 His Majesty Sultan Qaboos award for excelling in e-government services for the category of the best e- project. — ONA