Chief Health Promotion and Research Coordinator
Mr. Sudhir Kowlessur
STAFF SUPPORTING THE NCD & HP UNIT
Dedicated officers from a wide range of the grades namely Charge Nurse, Nursing Officer, Community Health Rehabilitation Officer, Community Health Care Officer, Health Care assistant, Executive Officer, Clerical Officer, Community Health Development Motivator and Word Processing Operator work at the NCD & Health Promotion Unit to promote the health status of the population.
MISSION STATEMENT OF THE NCD & HEALTH PROMOTION UNIT
1. Promote the health status of the population.
1. Screen as many people for NCDs as possible at worksites, schools and outreach regions and in the community at large.
2. Enhance the health status of the community by means of nutritional intervention and increased physical activity.
3. Improvise infrastructural facilities to promote physical activity in the community.
4. Organise and dispense health education and counseling services to prevent the onset of NCDs and also to prevent complications.
5. Offer opportunities for lifestyle management.
6. Sensitise and mobilize the community and enlist their participation in health activities.
7. Empower the community to take control of their health.
8. Organise celebration of International Health Events.
9. Conduct research, monitoring and evaluation activities.
Major activities of the NCD & Health Promotion Unit
1. Screening at worksites and in the community
(a) NCDs – diabetes, hypertension, obesity and vision.
(b) breast and cervical cancer for married/sexually active women aged 30 to 60 years.
2. Screening – School Health Programme for Secondary Schools
Students of Form III and Lower VI of Secondary Schools
3. Screening – School Health Programme for Tertiary Level
students of Industrial Vocational Training Board (IVTB) and of tertiary level.
4. Empowerment programmes:
(a) Training of community leaders
(b) Training of housewives on Nutrition & Healthy Lifestyle.
(c) Training to cope with emerging diseases like Chikungunya and Dengue.
5. Physical Activity:
Coordinating physical activity (yoga, aerobics, physical exercise) for women, senior citizens and the public at large.
6. Organise talks on NCD and risk factors:
NCD encourage people to attend talks on NCDs, physical exercise, cooking demonstration, smoking, alcohol, lifestyle management.
7. Social mobilization and community participation:
(a) establish local health committees.
(b) organize regular meetings with the community leaders.
(c) enlist participation of the community.
8. Research works:
conduct surveys / studies at national level.
Achievements - January 2006 to May 2009
(a) Screening for NCDs at worksites..
The Caravane de Santé has visited 591 workplaces and screened 49839 people aged 18 years for diabetes, high blood pressure, overweight and obesity and a health card was issued to each of the participants.
(b) Screening at outreach sites.
62382 people have been screened from 208 sites of the community.
(c) Screening for Breast & Cervical Cancer at worksites and in the community
13679 women aged 30 to 60 years have been screened for breast cancer and 10363 for cervical cancer. Cases with minor problems are referred to Area Health Centres and serious cases are dealt with by the Gynaecologists.
(d) Screening at Secondary Schools. :
62407 students of Form III and Lower VI from 468 colleges have been screened. 13294 students have been referred for further management and treatment to appropriate health institutions.
(e) Screening at Tertiary Education Level and Industrial Vocational Training Board (IVTB).
3425 students from 32 institutions have been screened.
(f) Health Promotion Shop.
The NCD and Health Promotion Shop has screened 22471 people for NCDs and given individual counseling to some 25253 people on health issues.
2. PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Facilities to practice physical exercise are offered in 6 Health Clubs and 59 localities across the country. Members of women associations and senior citizens and public in general attend.
3. EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME on N0n-Communicable Diseases
(a) Workshops on NCDs.
The unit is involved in capacity building and empowerment programme for the enhancement of health literacy in the community. Ongoing workshops are also organized to train staff fo the Ministry of Health & Quality of Life and of other Ministries. About 267 officers, community leaders and social workers have attended one of the 7 one-day workshops in the fight against Diabetes.
(b) Talks on NCDs and Health Promotion.
207talks on issues like alcohol, smoking, healthy lifestyle and diet were organized for about 8,719 participants.
(i) National NCD surveys have been conducted in 1987, 1992, 1998 and 2004. 5th NCD survey is schedule for 2009.
(ii)A comprehensive study on ‘Diabetes Surveillance Project’ was undertaken in 2007 to study 9688 unique individuals who participated in nationwide NCD Surveys of Mauritius in 1987, 1992 and 1998.
The main objective of the project was to determine vital status, causes of death and hospitalization for cardiovascular disease and to develop appropriate national strategy to combat diabetes and its complications.
322 meetings with ‘Forces Vives’, Community Leaders, members of Village Councils, Social Welfare Centres, Community Centres, Religious Bodies, Socio-Cultural Organisations, Women Associations, Senior Citizens, Parent Teachers Associations have been held prior to mounting and organizing community health programmes.