UNFPA GCC supports MoH of Oman in the Masirah Island Project

8 November 2017

The Masirah Healthy Island Project is a programme undertaken by Ministry of Health (MoH) of Oman that is led by the Community Based Initiatives Department at the Ministry. In turn, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, Sub-Regional Office for the GCC (UNFPA GCC), gave a hand in this project, by providing technical support for the establishment of the first Community Center of Youth & Women Friendly Services.

And in order to ensure that the community center responds to the direct needs of the island’s inhabitants, UNFPA kicked off the project by conducting a rapid needs assessment to ensure that the planning process was evidence-based. The rapid needs assessment included focus group discussions with different community categories of the island's inhabitants, such as teachers, parents, women, adolescents and youth, school drop outs, people with special needs, decision makers, and citizens with different standards of income and education, totaling a number of 150 participants. Afterwards, UNFPA GCC will provide technical assistance to develop a concrete Plan of Action (PoA) for the establishment of the center and calculate an estimated costing for running the facility over a duration of 2 years.  

Going forward UNFPA will take the lead among the other members of the United Nations Country Team of Oman and provide an oversight to ensure that the other agencies provide the relevant technical assistance as well, in compatible with their mandate and areas of work. This government project will be led by the Ministry of Health, Masirah Island Governor (Wali) Office and the Island's Executive Committee's office.