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Non-Communicable Diseases and Health Promotion Division


Senior Staff
Chief Health Promotion and Research Coordinator
Mr Sudhir Kowlessur
Tel: (+230) 201-1929 / 201-2179 / 201-2791
Fax: (+230) 212-3770
Staff supporting the NCD and Health Promotion Unit
Dedicating Officers from the grades work at the NCD and HP Unit to promote the health status of the population namely
·         Medical and Health Officer
·         Charge Nurse
·         Nursing Officer
·         Specialised Nurse (Health Promotion)
·         Community Health Care Officer
·         Specialised Health Care Assistant (Health Promotion)
·         Health Care Assistant
·         Office Management Assistant
·         Management Support Officer
·         Word Processing Officer
·         Community Health Development Motivator
·         Health Motivator
·         Physical Instructor
·         Nutritionist
Vision of the NCD and Health Promotion Unit
A healthy nation with a constantly improving quality of life
Mission of the NCD and Health Promotion Unit
·         Improve quality of life and well-being of the population through the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), promote healthy lifestyles and reduce associated environmental risk factors
·       Organise, coordinate and execute health intervention programmes pertaining to prevention of NCDs and health promotion activities
·       Harness the potential of Information and Communication Technology to enhance communication in population using new technologies (ICT) and Health Literacy Programme
·       Ensure that available human, financial and physical resources lead to the achievement of better health outcomes
  
Objectives of the NCD and Health Promotion Unit
Main objective
       To prevent or delay the onset of NCDs and their related complications, and to improve their management, thus enhancing quality of life and to promote the health status of the population.
 Specific Objectives
      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.  Act as facilitator in National and International Conference / Workshop.
        9.  Organize and conduct Research / Survey on NCDs.
 
 Ativities
Major activities of the NCD and Health Promotion Unit
    1. Screening at worksites and in the community
a)    Screening for NCDs (diabetes, hypertension), obesity, vision, consultation, counseling/health education, issue of health card, referral and follow up
b)   Screening for Breast and Cervical Cancer for married or sexually active aged women 30 to 60 years.
    2. School Health Programme for Secondary Schools
Screening of students of Grade7, 9 and12 of Secondary Schools
3.  Physical Activity Programme
Coordinating physical activity programme (yoga, aerobics, and physical exercise) for women, senior citizens and the population at large
    4. Organise talks on NCDs and risk factors
Encourage people to attend talks on NCDs, healthy lifestyle (physical exercise, healthy eating habits), smoking, alcohol and lifestyle management.
5. Social mobilization and community participation;
    (a)    Establish local health committees.
     (b)   Organise regular meetings with the Community Health Leaders.
     (c)    Enlist participation of the community.
6. Research Works:
Conduct surveys/ studies on NCDs at National level
  
Achievements
    1.     Screening Programme
 
    (a)  Screening for NCDs at worksites and in the community:
NCD Screening Programme is being carried out on a regular basis for the early detection, prevention and treatment of NCDs. Much emphasis is being laid on the risk factors and complications of the diseases. Activities carried out are: Registration; Height, Weight & Waist Measurement to detect Overweight & Obesity; Blood Pressure Measurement to detect High Blood Pressure; Blood Test to detect Diabetes through the Mauritius Diabetes Risk Score; Vision Tests; Consultation; Counseling / Health Education; Referral & Follow Up of positive cases; and Issue of Health Cards. The NCD Screening Programme also consists of an intensive health promotion campaign.
A total of 45,704 persons were reached and 30,931 persons were screened for the year 2016 according to guidelines (Mauritius Diabetes Risk Score).
The remaining 14,773 persons were provided with health education/ counseling on NCDs.   
(b)    Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Programme.
Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Programme is being carried out for married or sexually active aged women 30 to 60 years according to guidelines laid by experts for its early detection and treatment.
About 8,050 women were screened for the year 2016. 
    (c)   School Health Programme for Secondary Schools
Screening programme for students of Secondary Schools of Form I(Grade 7), Form III(Grade 9) and Lower VI (Grade 12) is being carried out. The activities held are: Registration; Height and Weight Measurement to detect Underweight, Overweight & Obesity; Blood Pressure; Blood Test to detect diabetes on students found to be obese and with a family history of diabetes; Vision Tests, Consultation; Counseling / Health Education; Referral and Follow Up of positive cases; and Issue of Health Cards. The programme also comprises health promotion activities.
173 secondary schools have been visited and 40,293 students of Form I, Form III and Lower VI were screened for the year 2016.
 
    (d)   Health Promotion Shop
A total of 15,400 persons were reached and 4,230 persons were screened for NCDs according to guidelines (Mauritius Diabetes Risk Score). The remaining 11,170 persons were provided with health education/counselling on NCDs.
 
    2.2.     Physical Activity Programme
To create better awareness in the population at national level regarding the need and importance for undertaking physical activity, a National Action Plan on Physical Activity is being implemented. With the view to make Mauritius a physically active and healthy nation, aggressive campaign for the practice of physical activity is continuously being emphasized.
To strengthen the physical activity programme, 11 Health Clubs equipped with physical fitness equipment, have been set up including one Health Club for Public Officers at the 8th floor, Emmanuel Anquetil Building, Port Louis. Besides the existing health clubs, the physical activity programme has been extended to 63 additional centres throughout the island wherein yoga, aerobics and physical activity sessions are held.
List of centres: 63
 
Site
Day
Time
Physical Activity
 
Mont Roches SWC
Mon
09 00 – 11 00
(Yoga)
 
Trou aux Biches CC
Mon
09 00 -  10 00
(Yoga)
 
Plaine des Papayes SWC
Mon
09 30 - 11 30
 (Yoga)
 
Petite Julie SWC
Mon
 09 30 – 10 30
 (Yoga)
 
Triolet SWC
Mon
10 00 – 11 00
 (Yoga)
 
Congomah VH
Mon
12 30- 13 30
(Yoga)
 
Petit Raffray SWC
Mon
12 45 – 13 45
 (Yoga)
 
D' Epinay VH
Mon
12 30 - 13 30
 (Yoga)
 
Poste de Flacq CC
Mon
09 00 - 10 00
 (Yoga)
 
Camp Ithier VH
Mon
10 00 - 11 00
(Yoga)
 
Petit Paquet Sub Hall
Mon
13 00 – 14 00
Physical Exercise
 
L'escalier SWC
Mon
09 00 – 11 00
(Yoga)
 
Camp le Vieux Social Hall
Mon
09 00- 11 00
 (Yoga)
 
Robinson CC
Mon
09 00 - 11 00
(Yoga)
 
Pte aux Sables CC
Tues
10 00 – 11 00
 (Yoga)
 
Pte aux Sables CC
Tues
11 00 – Noon
 (Yoga)
 
Calebasses VH
Tues
 09 30 – 10 30
(Yoga)
 
Goodlands SWC
Tues
09 30 - 11 30
 (Yoga)
 
Piton SWC
Tues
09 30 - 10 30
(Yoga)
 
Riche Mare CC
Tues
09 00 - 11 00
(Yoga)
 
Deep River, Olivia SWC
Tues
09 30 - 10 30
(Yoga)
 
Grande Retraite VH
Tues
09 30 - 10 30
(Yoga)
 
Laventure SWC
Tues
09 00 -  10 00
(Yoga)
 
Camp de Masque Pave SWC
Tues
10 00 - 11 00
 (Yoga)
 
Bon Acceuil CC
Tues
10 30 - 11 30
(Yoga)
 
La Rosa SWC
Tues
13 00 - 14 00
 (Yoga)
 
Highlands CC
Tues
10 00 - 11 00
 (Yoga)
 
Case Noyale SWC
Tues
11 45 – 12 45
 (Yoga)
 
Vallee Pitot CC
Wed
09 00 – 10 00
(Yoga)
 
Camp Yoloff CC
Wed
13 00 - 14 00
(Yoga)
 
Mon Gout SWC
Wed
 09 30 - 11 30
(Yoga)
 
Petit Raffray SWC
Wed
09 30 - 11 30
 (Yoga)
 
Roche Terre CC
Wed
09 30 - 10 30
(Yoga)
 
Long Mountain SWC
Wed
10 00 – 11 00
 (Yoga)
 
Bramsthan SWC
Wed
09 30 – 10 30
 (Yoga)
 
GRSE CC
Wed
10 00 - 11 00
(Yoga)
 
Mahebourg SWC
Wed
09 00 - 11 00
 (Yoga)
 
Mare D'Albert  SWC
Wed
09 30 - 10 30
 (Yoga)
 
Chatgoan CC (Pl Magnien)
Wed
10 00 – Noon
(Yoga)
 
Hollyrood CC
Wed
09 00 – 10 00
(Yoga)
 
Flic en Flac CC
Wed
09 30 – 10 30
 (Yoga)
 
Roche Bois SWC
Thurs
09 00 - 11 00
(Yoga)
 
Amaury SWC
Thurs
09 30 - 11 30
 (Yoga)
 
Pte aux Piments SWC
Thurs
10 15 – 12 15
 (Yoga)
 
Long Mountain SWC
Thurs
10 30 - 11 30
Physical Exercise
 
Poste de Flacq Day Care Centre
Thurs
09 30 - 10 30
(Yoga)
 
Lesur CC, Sebastopol
Thurs
09 30 -10 30
(Yoga)
 
Bel Air SWC
Thurs
09 30 – 10 30
Aerobics
 
Mont Ida CC
Thurs
09 30 - 11 30
(Yoga)
 
Camp de Masque  CC
Thurs
10 00 - 11 00
Physical Exercise
 
Rose Belle SWC
Thurs
09 00 - 11 00
 (Yoga)
 
 Riv. Des Anguilles CC
Thurs
13 00 - 14 00
 (Yoga)
 
Floreal Riviere Seche SWC
Thurs
10 00 - 11 00
 (Yoga)
 
Beaux Songes CC
Thurs
10 30 – 11 30
 (Yoga)
 
Col. Maingard CC
Fri
09 00 - 11 00
(Yoga)
 
Tombeau Bay CC
Fri
13 00 - 14 00
(Yoga)
 
Morc St Andre CC
Fri
 09 30 - 11 30
 (Yoga)
 
Grand Bay SWC
Fri
09 30 - 11 30
 (Yoga)
 
Petit Raffray SWC
Fri
15 30 - 16 30
Physical Exercise
 
Montagne Blanche SWC
Fri
09 00 – 11 00
(Yoga)
 
La Lucie Roy CC
Fri
09 30 - 10 30
Physical Exercise
 
Mare Tabac SWC
Fri
10 00 - 11 00
 (Yoga)
 
Camp Fouquereaux SWC
Fri
09 00 - 10 00
 (Yoga)
 
Henrietta CC
Fri
09 00 – 11 00
 (Yoga)
 
La Source CC
Fri
09 00 – 11 00
(Yoga)
 
Emile Duviviers Social Hall, Plaisance
Fri
11 30 - 13 30
(Yoga)
 
Brisee Verdiere SWC
Sat
09 00 – 10 00
(Yoga)
 
To re-invigorate physical activity in the community, 6 Health Tracks have been set up as follows:
     1.      Union Park, Rose Belle
      2.      Bassin Road, Quatre Bornes
      3.      L’Esperance Trebuchet
      4.      Goodlands
      5.      Grand Bois
      6.      Poudre D’Or
 
In addition, 5 Outdoor Gyms have been set up to encourage the community to undertake physical activity at the following locations:
        1.      Cap Malheureux- NHDC
        2.      Grand Gaube- Debarcadere, Chemin L’eglise
        3.      Trou aux Biches- Morc Ramdhany
        4.      Riviere du Rempart- Gandhi Square
        5.      Camp de Masque Pave-CHC 
3. EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME on Non Communicable Diseases
Workshop on NCDs
The NCD and HP unit is also involved in capacity building and empowerment programme as well as for the enhancement of health literacy in the community. Ongoing workshops are organised to train staff of the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life. About 267 officers, Community Health Leaders and Social Workers attended 7 one-day workshops on diabetes.
4. Survey
(i) Mauritius NCD Surveys have been conducted in 1987, 1992, 1998, 2004, 2009 and 2015.
(ii) Rodrigues NCD Surveys have been conducted in 1992, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2016.
(iii) A comprehensive study on ‘Diabetes Surveillance Project’ was undertaken in 2007 to study 9688 unique individuals who participated in the Mauritius NCD Surveys in 1987, 1992 and 1998.
(iv) Mauritius Salt Intake study has been conducted in 2012 with the aim of measuring the average salt intake in a representative sample of the Mauritian population using the single 24-hour urine collection method.
(v) Rodrigues Salt Intake study has been conducted in 2012 with the aim of measuring the average salt intake in a representative sample of the Rodriguan population using the single 24-hour urine collection method.
(vi) Mauritius Nutrition Survey was conducted in 2012
(vii) Rodrigues Nutrition Survey was conducted in 2012
(viii) Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) Mauritius. was conducted in 2016. 2072 students participated in the survey.
(ix)Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) Rodrigues, was conducted in 2016. 2070 students participated in the survey.
(x) Mauritius Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Study
The Mauritius Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Study was undertaken as from March 2013. The main objective was to evaluate the efficiency of diet and physical activity management in preventing or delaying development of Type 2 Diabetes in high-risk people, and to assess the effect of the intervention programme on cardiovascular risk factors. Some 773 persons with pre-diabetes were followed for duration of three years. The findings of the study will generate scientific information which will be used for the development of evidence-based national guidelines for the prevention of diabetes.

 

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