The Demographic/Evaluation Unit is responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of the national family planning programme. This Unit collects family planning statistics from all government health service points and two Non-Governmental Organisations, namely, Action Familiale and Mauritius Family Planning & Welfare Association
The Demographic/Evaluation Unit publishes a monthly bulletin on Reproductive Health Service Statistics and a Family Planning and Demographic Yearbook. This yearbook gives a detailed analysis of the population trends and family planning data for Islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues.
In addition to carrying out surveys in the field of reproductive health, the Demographic/Evaluation Unit coordinates with all government departments and organisations involved in population activities.
The Demographic/Evaluation Unit coordinated the activities for the formulation of 'The 2007 Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy' and 'The National Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy and Plan of Action 2009-2015'. The Plan of Action paves the way for the seven years with clearly defined outputs, objectives and targets. The goal is “To contribute to the national efforts towards the improvement of the sexual and reproductive health status of all men, women and young people living in Mauritius and to improve the survival of newborn babies and the health status of all children in Mauritius by 2015”.
Since its inception in 1967, the Demographic/Evaluation Unit has been instrumental in helping the Government in establishing targets for its population policy. The population policy of the Government, as stated in the 1992-1994 National Development Plan: “The main thrust of the population policy during the period 1992-1994 and onward will, therefore, be to maintain the Gross Reproduction Rate at replacement level”.
However, following the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, the Government Family Planning Programme has shifted its focus from achieving demographic targets to improving the reproductive health of the population.
The Chief Demographer, head of the Demographic/Evaluation Unit, is the UNFPA focal point in Mauritius. He also coordinates the activities of the UNFPA Country Programme Plan of Action 2008-2011. Under this Programme, the UNFPA is funding about US$ 90,000 per year in order to strengthen the national reproductive health programme.
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