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National Health Strategy    2018-2022

Strategic Context

The National Health Strategy 2018-2022 reflects that the development of a nation's health system not only sustains well-being and treats ill health, but is also a critical investment in its communities and future. The strategy was developed taking into account The following:

​The UN Agenda for Development, which states that "Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development".
​The WHO concept of Universal Health Coverage, which means that "all people and communities can use the promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services they need, at sufficient quality to be effective".
​The regional context of political fluctuations, changing demographics, mobile workforces, competition among health services and critical economic shifts.


Strategic framework for the National Health Strategy 2018–2022:

Strategic framework for the National Health Strategy 2018–2022

Why we need a Strategy?

Although we have made many advances in recent years, there are a number of challenges we still have to overcome.

challenges we still have to overcome


"Our Health Our Future": Improved health of Qatar's population, meeting the needs of existing and future generations; an integrated system that aims to achieve better health, better care, better value for all.

This strategy represents a global shift in thinking and our vision is to cascade that into action in Qatar. This shift is characterized below.

 The Global Shift in Thinking

 The Global Shift in Thinking


This will require significant time and resource commitment, working in partnership across the sector, including the public, healthcare organizations, businesses, government agencies, civil society and the media; working together to achieve better health, better care, better value for Qatar's population.

Better health, better care, better value

The Triple Aim is an internationally recognized approach that underpins this strategy as well as many other contemporary health strategies worldwide. The approach for the health sector over the length of the strategy will be focused on better health, better care, and better value, ensuring that all three domains are considered in all that we do, as we strive to achieve our desired outcome. We will align our implementation approach to better health, better care, and better value as we implement our agenda for change and improvement (Institute for Healthcare Improvement, 2017).

Qatar triple aim Qatar Triple Aim

Population Health Approach

At the heart of realizing our vision is the implementation of the population health approach. This approach aims to achieve health improvement through addressing the health needs of population groups rather than individuals, recognizing that factors such as gender, geography, employment status and age have a large impact upon individual health needs.

We have chosen: An Integrated System and Model of Care

The future model of care will be patient-centered, value patient experience, and empower patients to share in responsibility for their health.

The model will:

​Improve continuity and timely access across the continuum of multiple settings and levels of care
​Establish primary care as the first point of contact and provide individuals and families with a primary care "home" where their named primary care team delivers personalized care
​Deliver the right care in the appropriate setting, underpinned by referral guidelines, care pathways and evidence-based practice
​Expand specialized services in the community
​Integrate efficient and effective hospital services across healthcare providers
​Embed a culture of patient safety and quality
​Empower multidisciplinary and multi-organizational teams
​Establish care networks and new ways of working together across the continuum
​Optimize information systems, telemedicine and digital health solutions
​Leverage systems and incentives to support the model of care

Turning strategy into action

The Strategy identifies 12 priority areas. Each of these has been the subject of robust consultation, with in-depth contributions coming from all subject matter experts, across our health community. The development process has given rise to wide range of actions, proposed by the experts. The proposed actions were subjected to intense analysis and scrutiny. This has resulted in the creation of a comprehensive list of activities that will become mainstream inputs to the business planning process, across the whole system. The illustration below shows how the strategy is to be incorporated into our routine planning processes.

Turning Straregy into business

Turning Strategy to Business; Business Planning Approach  

NHS 2018-2022 Priorities

We have identified seven priority populations and five system-wide priorities that will guide and direct action across the health sector for the next years. These priorities reflect the specific health needs of Qatar as shown by existing figures and agreed upon through a rigorous consultation process with government and health sector stakeholders. The priority setting process also took into account internationally agreed global health priorities and best practices.

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