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National Health Strategy

Building a Vibrant, Healthy, and Productive Society

Qatar’s National Health Strategy 2011-16

Healthcare in Qatar is changing, and at the center of this change is the National Health Strategy (NHS).

The Qatar National Vision 2030, in particular the Human Development pillar, is a clear commitment to a future that supports a healthy population both physically and mentally.

This vision is being delivered though the National Health Strategy 2011-2016 (NHS), the foundation of which is, encouraging healthy lifestyles, promoting public health, and providing quality community-based care as the basis of a successful integrated healthcare system.

The NHS is the first, six year plan for reform of the health sector and is designed to benefit all people currently living in Qatar as well as future generations by providing “a comprehensive world-class healthcare system whose services are accessible to the whole population”.

Three key themes for the future of health care in Qatar are highlighted as follows:

  1. Changing Qatar’s healthcare focus from illness ‘treating’ to illness ‘preventing’ and improving people’s health and fitness so they are less likely to become unwell, and if they do need treatment, providing the right care, in the right place at the right time.

Primary health care will become an equal partner to hospital care, with primary health care taking a greater role in supporting the public and patients to better manage their own health and wellbeing. Most people will receive advice and treatment in their local health centre with far fewer people ever needing to go to a hospital for specialized care.

  1. Creating effective and affordable services for all of the people of Qatar.

The National Health Insurance scheme, ensures and guarantees that in the future, everyone in Qatar will have access to affordable and effective services. People will be able to choose who they want to provide their healthcare services, from participating health providers within the public and private sectors.

  1. Integrating high quality research and continuing professional development into all areas of care delivery, in line with the health priorities of Qatar.

The purpose of the Academic Health System (AHS) is to bring together partners in health, education, and research and to share their knowledge in order to achieve the highest possible quality healthcare in Qatar.


Qatar’s National Health Strategy (NHS) 2011-16 was launched by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser in April 2011. The NHS was developed over a period of 6 months.

NHS Program Management Unit

The NHS identified the need for a dedicated Program Management Office (PMO) to support and enable the implementation of the NHS. The current PMO unit was established in January 2012. The PMO tracks and monitors the implementation of NHS projects, proactively identifies risks, develops mitigation strategies, works with project managers to produce implementation status reports and provides subject matter expertise to project teams and departments.

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