Dr Jamila Al Abri

Dr.Jamila Al Abri has a background in Obstetric and women’s health.  She obtained an undergraduate medical degree from Sultan Qaboos University in the Sultanate of Oman and is a holder of Master of Public Health degree from University of New South Wales, Sydney with


 Dr.Jamila has leadership skills in obstetric and women's health. She is extensively involved in policy-making, programme planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programmes at national level in particular women's and children health programmes. She was the Director of Department of Women and Children Health in Ministry of Health-Headquarter in Oman. She was responsible for planning and supervising of women and Child health programmes at national level. She is extensively contributed in development of guidelines, training and Health Education materials. She worked also with international organizations and other sectors like Ministry of Social Development on issues related to women's, adolescent and child health.

Dr.Jamila is a member in the National Committee for implementation of Convention of Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW convention) participated in discussion of first country report in Geneva in 2011 and a member in National Committee for implementation of Convention of Right of Child (CRC). She is also the national focal point for implementation of global action plan of ending preventable newborn deaths.


Since 2015 Dr.Jamila is a member in the Global Validation Advisory Committee for World Health Organization for Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV. She participated in various international meeting such World Health Assembly in 2014. She participated in Stakeholders Meeting to Develop the Regional Action Plan for Implementation of the Regional Strategy for Prevention and Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections in Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office of World Health Organization (EMRO) for 2009 to 2015 and as temporary advisor in the Technical working group on the elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV in EMRO region- in 2012 to develop Regional Strategy for elimination of Mother to child transmission of HIV.

Research in Medecine

Current project

PhD thesis

The project aims to implement and introduce a national review of severe maternal morbidity known as maternal near miss in Oman to identify underlying causes of and contributory factors to maternal near miss and use this approach to assess the quality of care.  The project is funded by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Ministry of Health in Oman. 

Currently, there is ongoing debate in the literature about the identification criteria for maternal near miss. In light of this Dr Jamila Al Abri’s research will test a new approach to identify maternal near miss cases based on WHO application of International Classification of Diseases version 10 for Maternal Mortality ( to deaths during and after pregnancy. 

Previous research

  • From 2008 to 2015 Dr.Jamila acted as National Supervisor in Oman for the Multicentre International Foetal and Newborn Growth Standards for the 21st Century (Intergrowth 21st) the study which is run by Oxford University in eight countries.
  • Team leader  and principle investigator for Strategic Lesson of Women's and Children's Health in Oman which is part of long term Health Vision for Sultanate of Oman titled as Health Vision 2050.
  • Co-investigator of the study “Traditional and social practices and their impact on women’s health”.
  •  Facilitator in Qualitative study  “Evaluation of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Oman”, 2008

Teaching experience

  • Dr.Jamila involved extensively in developing and delivering trainings in woman health (antenatal care, intrapartum care, postnatal care, family planning, menopause, adolescent sexual and reproductive health).
  • She involves in teaching in Foto-Cewek Diploma of Tropical Medicine & Health, teaching and supervision of students in Diploma of Sexual and Reproductive Health.