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Dr_Akjemal_MagtymovaDr Akjemal Magtymova, WHO Representative of OmanDr Akjemal Magtymova assumed her functions as WHO Representative to Oman on 28 August 2017.

Having served as a clinical practitioner and a researcher in maternal health and human reproduction in Turkmenistan, Dr Magtymova dedicated the past 20 years to the international development working with the United Nations Popualtion Fund in Turkmenistan and Lao PDR; with WHO in the countries of the South-East Asia Region (Democratic People's Republic of Korea, WHO Regional Office for South East Asia/New Delhi, Maldives and Nepal) and later joined WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region. Before the current assignment, Dr Magtymova served as Deputy Head of the WHO country office leading operations to address complex emergency in Yemen.

At the global level, she has been an active contributor to the development of WHO-led technical guidelines and research and authored/co-authored a number of national and regional level technical publications. Dr Magtymova has had various functions throughout her career, including support to health reforms, leading multi-stakeholder policy dialogue for equitable health financing strategies with a focus on universal health coverage.

Dr Magtymova is a medical doctor specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology with MSc in Health Systems Management from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine distinctively combined with Master of Arts in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Dr Magtymova’s professional aspiration is to promote global health and diplomacy for peace and sustainable development. She believes in Oman’s advancements in public health are the shining examples for innovation and learning to be promoted in the Region and globally.


Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s) 4560
Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure) 6.7
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 17
Primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 5.1
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 76.9

Source: Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

Oman country health profile

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