DR NAHIDA RAOUF AL-LAWATI
MRCGPINT, MSC Community Gyne & RH, FAMCO
BiographyDr. Nahida Raouf Al-lawati obtained her medical degree from the Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain in 1999. Soon after completing the internship she started her residency in Family Medicine and was awarded membership of Royal College of GPs in March 2005. In 2008, she earned a Master degree in Sexual and Reproductive Health from Warwick University, UK. Dr. Al-Lawati has an extensive work experience with more than 15 years in the field of primary health care with special focus on family health care and women and child health. Her particular expertise is in developing clinical guidelines for doctors and nurses, policy options to support better policymaking, as well as designing strategic and innovative approaches to ensure smooth implementation of mother, child and adolescent health endeavors. She was appointed as the Director of School and Adolescents Health in 2012. Her main work focused on developing health programs addressing school children in general and adolescent’s in specific. She worked on developing health promoting strategies addressing priority issues such as smoking, healthy diet, physical activity, sexual health and safe driving. In 2015 - 2016 she held several assignments with the World Health Organization as temporary adviser and worked in collaboration with both WHO and CDC on two global studies; global School-Based Health Survey and Global Youth Tobacco Survey.
In 2016, she joined Directorate General of Planning & Studies to be part of the policies and health systems development unit. Currently she is working on proposing future policies and strategies to achieve future objectives of the Ministry of Health within the health vision 2050; building the capacity of the health planners and managers on formulating, implementing and evaluating policies and strategies related to their field of work; as well as providing technical support and training of health professions on planning and determining human resources needs at different types of health facilities. Dr. Al-Lawati also has considerable experience of conducting research and has worked on several training workshops in health promoting schools and adolescent health. She extensively wrote technical reports, training and management guidelines, concept notes, briefing papers and blogs.