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Deena Al Asfoor


DPhil Student

Deena Al Asfoor is a part-time DPhil Student. Her interest is in improving people’s lives through efficient health systems and services. Her DPhil is a follow up of her MSc dissertation in Evidence Based Health Care at the University of Oxford.  In her Masters, she carried out a review of the concepts and tools used to measure access to primary health care and she proposed a new Patient Reported measure for access to primary health care.  In her DPhil, she will be validating the tool and studying the relationship between access to primary health care, Diabetes Control, and quality of life among Diabetes II patients

Deena is working as an Expert in Public Health at the Ministry of Health, Sultanate of Oman.  She has a long experience in nutrition programs.  She led the establishment of the Department of Nutrition in Oman and with her team, successfully implemented several projects that improved women and children nutrition in Oman. She served on a number of World Health Organization Committees for the development of evidence based guidelines.  She is a member of the regional Health Economic Evaluation Network of the Eastern Mediterranean Region, which is a network formed by the World Health Organization Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office.  She is an expert collaborator with the Global Burden of Diseases Study. She is also a reviewer for the Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal and the Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal.

Deena is a founding member of the Oman Public Health Society, and is active in the civil society in Oman. She served on the Boards of several NGO’s including the Omani Women Association and the Association of Early intervention for children of special needs.  She was appointed as a founding member of the National Human Rights Commission in the first term (2009-2011) by a Royal Decree.