Port Louis. 19 January 2023. The third World Well being Group Nation Cooperation Technique was launched on 18 January 2023 by the Well being Minister, Dr the Hon Ok. Jagutpal and the WHO Consultant in Mauritius, Dr Anne Ancia within the presence of UN Resident Coordinator, Ms Lisa Singh, different UN Companies, European Union, Embassies, excessive stage officers of the Ministry of Well being and different ministries amongst others.
This four-year Nation Cooperation Technique lays down the highway map of how the three ranges of World Well being Group (WHO) will work with the Republic of Mauritius to enhance well being and wellness of the inhabitants. It has been harmonized with the nationwide Imaginative and prescient 2030, the Authorities Programme, the Well being Sector Strategic Plan (HSSP) 2020-2024, the UN Strategic Partnership Framework and WHO Normal Programme of Work-13. It goals at progressing in direction of the health-related Sustainable Growth Objectives (SDGs). The doc has been developed in shut collaboration with the Ministry of Well being and Wellness following consultations with key gamers.
In his deal with, Dr the Hon Jagutpal acknowledged the ‘unflinching help’ obtained from the World Well being Group through the implementation of the first two nation cooperation methods but in addition throughout Covid-19 pandemic.
“We’re grateful to the World Well being Group for the dear help supplied through the pandemic, particularly the lively participation of the WHO Consultant within the Excessive-level committee chaired by the Prime Minister. WHO supplied helpful help for the elaboration of the rules and protocols to forestall and management Covid-19”. WHO’s help has been essential within the procurement of vaccines by way of the COVAX services and in organising the laboratory testing services and Covid-19 testing centres. WHO has supplied help to the nation for the elaboration of a number of nationwide motion plans and publication of the Nationwide Well being Accounts, amongst different tasks, stated Dr the Hon Ok. Jagutpal. The implementation of the Nation Cooperation Technique 2023 -2026 will require no less than 20.8 million USD.
Dr Anne Ancia, WHO Consultant in Mauritius, stated, “the general purpose of the Nation Cooperation Technique to scale up common well being protection and by implementing the 4 strategic priorities, Mauritius will contribute to reaching the three billion objectives.” WHO will proceed to work in direction of strengthening partnership of each well being and non-health actors, she added.
UN Resident Coordinator, Ms Lisa Singh, highlighted, ‘well being is the muse of a wholesome economic system”. Mauritius’ expertise within the prevention and management of Covid-19 is a finest apply. She acknowledged WHO’s glorious help to the nation.
During the last twenty years, Mauritius has achieved spectacular leads to the development of the well being of its inhabitants. These embrace for instance a achieve of 10 years in life expectancy; vital reductions in maternal, toddler and little one mortality and appreciable progress in controlling main communicable illnesses, and to not neglect elimination of Malaria and different uncared for Tropical Ailments.
Moreover, the nation is very praised for the profitable roll-out of its nationwide NCD Prevention and Management program aiming to scale back preventable and untimely morbidity, mortality and incapacity attributable to non-communicable illnesses by addressing their risk-factors comparable to tobacco and alcohol consumption, excessive salt and trans-fatty acids intakes, hypertension or inadequate bodily exercise.
Mauritius was the primary nation to set population-based surveys, aligned with the WHO Steps methodology, which were carried out at 5 to 7 years interval. The final NCD survey performed in 2021 exhibits encouraging outcomes close to diabetes and weight problems and a stabilization in different components comparable to hypertension. What this survey exhibits is that the technique is working and is to be continued and enhanced by rising multisectoral prevention approaches to deal with societal, cultural and financial components negatively impacting on the well being of Mauritians. The prevalence of Diabetes was one of many highest on this planet, has began to stabilize in 2015, and the 2021 survey exhibits a drop in prevalence from 22.7% in 2015 to 19.9% in 2021.
Equally after we take a look at guaranteeing an equitable, reasonably priced entry to high quality important well being providers centered to and in proximity of the individuals , what we name Common Well being Protection, we notice that this index which seems at 4 key classes of well being providers protection , specifically providers for Reproductive, Maternal, New child and Little one Well being (RMNCH); for Infectious illnesses ; for Noncommunicable illnesses; and in phrases of Companies accessibility and capability; and of financial entry – this Common Well being protection index in Mauritius progressed from 52 in 2005 to 65 in 2019.
Dr A. Ancia, stated, “it is vitally encouraging to see the well being sector leads to Mauritius which you will discover summarized in our Country Cooperation Strategy and whereby out of the 26 indicators and sub-indicators of the SDG 3 “Making certain wholesome lives and selling well-being for all in any respect levels”, 14 have been achieved, 11 are on observe and just one stays behind, relating to household planning.” She reassured WHO’s help on the three ranges of the Group in enhancing well being and wellness of the inhabitants.
The WHO Consultant commanded the Well being Minister for the spectacular management, willpower and efficient prioritization of well being by the nation whereby the development of well being care providers to create wholesome life for all Mauritians based mostly on social, cultural and sports activities actions is included within the Authorities Program 2020-2024.
The Strategic Priorities are designed to help the Authorities of Mauritius for the following 4 years in implementing its formidable agenda for well being and has been aligned with the WHO international “triple billion” objectives: 1) One billion extra individuals profit from common well being protection; (2) One billion extra individuals are higher shielded from well being emergencies; and (3) One billion extra individuals are having fun with higher well being and well-being.
Actions can be centered round 4 strategic priorities to construct resilient well being methods to proceed advancing Common Well being Protection; strengthen well being system for improved emergency preparedness and response together with for the dangers associated to local weather change; promote well being and wholesome environments for all Mauritians by way of multisectoral engagement and help use of information, renewable energies and different improvements for built-in, people-centred care.