GIS – 03 February, 2020: The National Roadmap Framework, in line with Government’s vision of achieving a nation of healthy mothers, children and families, was launched, this morning, at the Hennessy Park Hotel in Ebène. The Framework comprises several strategies aimed at guiding service-providers and stakeholders to interact in a coordinated and integrated way to promote the health and well-being of women, neonates and children.
In his keynote address, the Director of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Wellness, Dr Ori, highlighted that maternal and child health is high on Government’s agenda, as it plays an important role in the socio-economic development of Mauritius. He emphasised that the country has already achieved some of its health-related SDGs targets set for 2030. For example, under five mortality rate is 16.5 per 1000 live births compared to the global target of 25. Neonatal mortality rate per 1000 live births is 8.9 compared to the global target of 12, and, maternal mortality ratio is 39 per 100,000 live births compared to the global target of 70, he indicated.
In spite of these encouraging figures, Dr Ori said, further efforts need to be made to provide better healthcare to women, neonates and children. Hence, the National Roadmap will pave the way forward and will enable stakeholders to assume their responsibilities to further enhance the lives of citizens, he added. According to him, the Roadmap will further act as a guide for the implementation of measures related to the reduction of maternal, newborn and neonatal morbidity.
Present on the occasion, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative, Dr L. Musango, underlined that the formulation of the National Roadmap is an achievement for Mauritius. He underlined that it promotes a women-centred and evidenced-based approach, and will considerably contribute to improve maternal, neonatal and child health. It is also expected to contribute to reduce morbidity and mortality among children of five years to 1 digit over the next five years, he said.
Furthermore, he pointed out that the situation analysis conducted prior to the formulation of the Roadmap has shown the gaps and challenges that need to be addressed, namely: low fertility rate; prevalence of Non-Communicable diseases such as diabetes and hyper tension among pregnant women; high prevalence of obesity; alcohol consumption and smoking; and lack of breastfeeding.
Moreover, Dr Musango reiterated the unflinching commitment of the WHO in supporting Mauritius in its efforts to improve health services including facilitating the successful and effective implementation of the National Roadmap Framework.
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