Sultan Qaboos University & KHCC prepare to conduct first TDT training fully delivered by Omani faculty

By Asma Hatoqai

As part of the Expand Availability of Tobacco Dependence Treatment (TDT) Services in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) program, King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) in partnership with Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in Oman completed a training of trainers (ToT) workshop in Muscat last week. This workshop follows the one conducted earlier in Egypt last December, and marks further progress towards establishing self-sustaining TDT training hubs in the region.

The workshop, taking place at SQU training premises during the period of February 21-24, gathered 21 future trainers. Participants came from nine different cities in Oman and from backgrounds spanning family medicine, internal medicine, psychiatry, pulmonology, pharmacy, and nursing. Institutions represented included SQU, Ministry of Health, the Armed Forces, and the Royal Court.

As a direct outcome of the workshop, a network of local experts was created, and building on their interest and enthusiasm the first workshop to be delivered by the Omani trainers has been scheduled for May 2016. In addition, the participants developed clear plans to establish services at their institution, with one hospital expecting commencing the service in a few months.

The ToT aimed to equip the Omani future trainers with necessary knowledge and skills to start providing TDT services across Oman and to organize and deliver training programs aiming at building the capacity of other healthcare providers. Over four days, the workshop introduced the topics related to TDT to build a strong knowledge base for the participants to be able to offer TDT services. The workshop also presented sessions on building and delivering training programs to improve the various training skills of the future Omani trainers to enable them to train other healthcare providers on offering TDT services.

KHCC is going forward with next steps in this project and will conduct similar workshops in late March/early April 2016 in Tunisia and Morocco with its partners in these two countries.