Directorate General of Planning and Studies
The Directorate General of Planning and Studies (DGP&S) is one of the main pillars of the Ministry of Health (MOH) and it is affiliated to the Secretariat of Planning Affairs. In fact the DGP&S is considered as the cornerstone of the MOH in issues pertinent to the strategic planning of the health care delivery and services provision. It encompasses several directorate and sections that deal with planning; research, surveys and studies; health information and statistics; in addition to the complementary role of monitoring, follow-up and evaluation. All these culminates in shaping and supporting the decision making process. The vital role played by the Directorate General necessitates the establishment of a designated Center for Research and Studies to generate and provide solid-based evidences for better informed decision as well as to support the delivery of quality health care. The DGP&S is committed to advancement of work in the health field through its planning directorates which are present in all governorates of the Sultanate of Oman. All planning directorates at governorate level have well qualified, dedicated and committed health personnel working in partnership and collaboration with the other directorates and sections of the Directorate General of Health Affairs. They work in the spirit of teamwork and provide valuable support, advice, insights and information to assist in the provision of the highest quality health services inspired by the motivation, deep faith and firm belief of the importance of working together to achieve the desired results and reach the common goals. The significant role played by the Directorate General of Planning and Studies as well as its strengths much depend on the collective efforts of all the staff, which is undoubtedly has be reflected in nature of the activities performed and supervised by the Directorate General for instance: - The Health Vision 2050 - The Health Atlas - The guideline for the preparation of the 9th five-year health development plan 2016 – 2020 - The 9th five-year health development plan 2016 – 2020. - The monitoring and evaluation guideline for the 9th five-year health development plan 2016 – 2020 - Health research guideline - Financing of research guideline - The overall supervision and guidance of the development of the 9th five-year health development plan 2016 – 2020 including the training on result-based management and planning. It is worth mentioning that the new organizational structure of the Directorate General of Planning and Studies included some departments and sections to keep pace and momentum with future needs and new dimensions of the health system. In addition, the direct affiliation of the planning directorates at governorate level to DGP&S will add more strength for easy and better communication, saving time, immediate follow-up; and quick actions that will enhance the performance as well as improve the quality and efficiency of the work and results without compromising the principle of true cooperation and partnership with all Directorate Generals of Health Affairs at governorate level to achieve the desired MOH goals.