Health in Mauritius

  • WHO lauds Africa’s progress in malaria, HIV control

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/29 The World Health Organisation (WHO), has commended the African region for making significant evolution in malaria control in the last five years. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, said malaria incidence and mortality rates had declined by 42 % and 66 % respectively between 2000 and 2015. Moeti made the commendation in Kigali, Rwanda, while speaking at the Initial Africa Health Forum, launched by WHO, Africa and the Government of Rwanda.
  • WHO Africa Health Forum App Leads the Way

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/16 You can meet the majority interesting people at conferences. If you can make your way through the sea of people to get to them. The initial Africa Health Forum organised by the World Health Organisation African region was no different - hundreds and hundreds of enthusiastic participants filling the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda, determined to find their way to universal healthcare (UHC) on the continent. The forum promised to examine WHO AFRO's vision for health and development across the continent, explore concrete ways for partners to contribute to the work of the organization, meet the challenges that young people face, and provide a platform to talk about innovative strategies for the public health challenges that Africa just can't seem to shake.
  • AIDS still number one cause of death in Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2016/07/20 The United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has disclosed that despite successes chalked in the fight against Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), a lot additional needed to be done particularly in Africa. UNICEF’s Executive Director, Anthony Lake, revealed that adolescents were generally dying of AIDS at an alarming rate and that the disease remained the leading cause of death in Africa.
  • Global Malaria Target Met Amid Sharp Drop in Cases

    BOTSWANA, 2015/09/22 Malaria death rates have plunged by 60 % since 2000, but the ancient killer remains an acute public health problem with 15 nations mainly in sub-Saharan Africa accounting for some 80 % of cases and deaths globally, according to a new United Nations statement released today. “World malaria control is one of the great public health success stories of the completed 15 years,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO). “It’s a sign that our strategies are on target, and that we can beat this ancient killer, which still claims hundreds of thousands of lives, mostly children, each year.”
  • Unicef, UN Health Agency Report Increase in Immunization Figures for World's Children

    BOTSWANA, 2015/07/18 An increasing number of children are receiving life-saving vaccinations around the world, according to the new data released by two United Nations agencies. In a press release issued before today, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) confirmed that the number of nations reaching and sustaining 90 % vaccination coverage for their children with the required three doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis containing vaccines (DTP3) had doubled since 2000. In 2000, 21 million children did not receive even a initial dose of DTP, a figure that has presently dropped to 12 million, the WHO and UNICEF said.
  • Mauritian Health Minister Lormus Bundhoo

    MAURITIUS, 2014/06/03 Mauritian Health Minister Lormus Bundhoo announced Saturday a new anti-tobacco strategy focusing on the youth as a study shows that 28.5 % of young Mauritians aged between 19 and 24 years are addicted to tobacco. Speaking at a workshop on World Anti-Tobacco Day, the Minister said a new method of communication and new messages would be developed to convince the youth not to smoke. He focused on strengthening of government policies regarding tobacco control inclunding the launch of smoking cessation clinics throughout the island.
  • NGO launches Mosquito Watch in Mauritius

    MAURITIUS, 2014/04/06 Former Mauritian health field officers from the Health Ministry and some entomologists on Thursday launched an NGO called “Mosquito Watch” that will sensitise the people regarding mosquitoes and their environment. This follows the discovery a few weeks ago of 10 cases of dengue in the northern region of the island and the celebration of the World Health Day scheduled for 7 April. “Our biggest concern in the struggle against the proliferation of aedes albopictus, which transmits dengue, is community participation,” Ambicadutt Bheecarry, chief of the Sanitary Division at the Health Ministry, said.
  • Clean up of village infested Mauritius

    MAURITIUS, 2014/03/25 Three Mauritian ministers were on ground on Sunday, accompanied by 100 workers and an equipped team to clean the village of Triolet, northern Mauritius, where about 20 cases of the dengue fever were reported during the week, The ministers of Health, Agriculture and Youth and Sports, inclunding their staff made door-to-door visits to clean and remove rubbish and old abandoned equipment, before spraying insecticides to prevent mosquitoes from growing there. The inhabitants were as well sensitised on the importance to keep their environment clean, to get rid of everything that can facilitate the breeding of mosquitoes, which cause several diseases like dengue, malaria and chikungunya.
  • Mauritian Health Minister Lormus Bundhoo

    MAURITIUS, 2013/10/14 Mauritian Health Minister Lormus Bundhoo, on Thursday warned that mental health problems part ageing populations constitute a critical issue that needs to be addressed without delay. 'The number of people in the world and in Mauritius affected by dementia, depression and Alzheimer is on the increase,' he said at the launch of activities to mark the World Mental Health Day, 2013, at the Brown Sequard Mental Health Care Centre, at Beau-Bassin, near Port-Louis, the Mauritian capital. Bundhoo said that in Mauritius, the number of people aged 60 years and above would increase massively by 2030 and as a result of advances in health, economic development and education, they are expected to live an additional 20 years.
  • Mauritius sets up National Cancer Agency

    MAURITIUS, 2013/10/14 The Mauritian Health Ministry announced Friday the setting up of a National Cancer Agency under the Trust Fund for Specialised Medical Care Programme.   The Ministry as saying in a statement that the centre would enable patients to benefit from timely detection, accurate diagnosis and up-to-date data as regards the treatment available in public and private hospitals. 'This would enable patients to take informed decisions,' it added. The Ministry said the National Cancer Agency would work on a situational analysis on cancer care in Mauritius and formulate a road map of cancer care.