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MoH to develop clinical guidelines for diagnosis of persons with intellectual disabilities, Autism


The Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (HCD), the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Healthcare Accreditation Council (HCAC), today, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop clinical guidelines for diagnosis of persons with disabilities.

The MoH was signed by His Royal Highness Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein, President of HCD, the Minister of Health, Dr Saad Jaber, and Salma Jaouni, the Chief Operating Officer of the HCAC.

His Highness stressed that the agreement is a significant step toward ensuring the comprehensive and participatory translation of policies pertaining to developing diagnosis in the Kingdom, and improving the quality of health services for persons with disabilities. He added that the MoU will allow all concerned parties to activate the monitoring mechanisms within diagnostic institutions and centres to ensure that protocols are unified and developed in the Kingdom.


For his part, Minister of Health, Saad Jaber, reaffirmed the ministry’s commitment in its collaborative partnership with HCD to provide health and medical care to persons with disabilities in an accessible and qualitative manner, as well as to develop their capacities and uphold their rights.

Jaber also indicated that such a collaboration reflects an [institutional] response to the requirements of persons with disabilities, due to HCD’s efforts, and specifically those of Prince Mired. 

Salma Jaouni also stressed that this project is the second collaborative venture between HCD, MoH and the HCAC, thereby reflecting the success of the first project which produced a number of disability diagnostic testing standards. She added that it reflects the profound relationship between [the three entities], including in the exchange of expertise and knowledge. For, this second project was established to develop clinical guidelines after feedback calling for developing such guidelines was received. This process of development, will, undoubtedly, be based on a scientific methodology that takes into account the national and local literature and scientific resources, followed by adapting those clinical practices to produce a framework for those practices to ensure that they are properly implemented and serve their intended purpose.


By virtue of the agreement, the ministry in collaboration with HCD serves as the technical know-how and resource, monitoring work progress, and providing statistics and necessary information to the working team. This in addition to facilitating the procedures for the visits by the team working on the guidelines from the HCAC and the relevant organisations and centres affiliated with them.

The ministry is committed to issuing proposed instructions with HCD, and training its cadres on the mechanisms of implementing the guidelines and ultimately accrediting them.

The signing of the memorandum is in line with the Kingdom’s efforts to promote the best health service provision for persons with disabilities through developing guidelines that will regulate the protocols and procedures of diagnosis in the country so as to ultimately facilitate easy access to health services, as per enforced legislation.