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Organization Contact Information

Name: National TB Reference Laboratory, CPHL, Ministry of Health
Street 1: Darsait
Street 2: Post Box 393
City: Muscat
Post Code: 100
Country: Oman
Phone: +968 24705740
Web Site:

Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Dr.
First Name: J. P. N.
Last Name: Singh
Title: Specialist Bacteriologist

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Dr.
First Name: Suleiman
Last Name: Al Busaidy
Title: Director

General Information

Board Constituency: Countries
Organization Type - Primary: Governmental Organization
Organization Type - Secondary: None
Is your organization legally registered in your country: Yes
Organization Reach: National
Organization Description:
National TB Reference Laboratory is part of Central Public Health Laboratories which in turn is institution of Ministry of Health; Sultanate of Oman. The major activity of National TB Reference Laboratory includes

1. AFB microscopy, TB culture/identification and Drug Sensitivity Testing (DST) by using both automated and conventional methods.
2. Genetic Fingerprinting M. tuberculosis by employing the Spoligotyping and MIRU-VNTRs.
3. TB contact screening using Interferon Gamma Release Assay (IGRA).
4. Molecular identification of drug resistant genes and species identification of Non Tuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) using line probe assay.
5. Training and research.
Furthermore, we are under final stage of accreditation to become Supra National TB reference for the Eastern Mediterranean region.
Total number of staff in your organization: 100 +
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 6 - 10
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 0
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 0
What is your organization's annual budget (USD) dedicated to TB? $25,000-$100,000
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Attendance at a TB related event
If you were informed or referred by another partner of the Stop TB Partnership please tell us who:
Why do you wish join the Stop TB Partnership: Technical assistance and advice
Are you a member of a Stop TB national partnership: No
Are you in contact with your national TB programme: Yes
Please tell us how your organization is contributing to your country's national TB control plan:
1. Being national reference center for DST we are providing DST data to NTP from all over the county.
2. We are doing contact tracing investigation by using IGRA analysis.
3. We are providing molecular genotyping data to NTP for molecular epidemiological investigations.
4. In addition, our lab is doing routing direct sputum microscopy culture, second line DST and molecular probe assay of NTM.

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: Oman
Which WHO region is the main focus of your work: Global
Which countries do you do operate in:
(This includes countries you are conducting activities in)


Delivery of health services and care
Research and Development
Technical Assistance

Specializations in Countries

Research and Development Oman


Please tell us how your organization will contribute to the Global Plan to Stop TB by briefly describing its involvement in any of the areas of work listed below:

Drug-Resistant TB:
We are doing first line and second line DST on MTB isolates submitted to us from all over the countries and form Qatar.

Laboratory Strengthening:
We are providing molecular genotyping data to NTP Oman, for molecular epidemiological investigations.


Declaration of interests:
No conflicts of interest were delacred.

Application date: June 19, 2010
Last updated: August 14, 2011