PLANNING AND FINANCE
Proper planning and finance management enables value for money in Government expenditures. The Planning and Finance unit is responsible for the sound monitoring of measures as announced in the Government Programme 2020-2024 and budget measures which fall under the purview of the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
The Planning and Finance Section consists of the following:
Some of the main projects at the Planning and Finance Section are:
1. Health Sector Strategic Plan 2020-2024
The Budget Speech 2020-2021 makes mention of the formulation of a new Five-year Health Sector Strategic Plan (HSSP) 2020-2024 to ensure that the national health services can cope with new challenges such as the growing burden of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), the complex health needs of the ageing population, the growth of personalised medicine and rising expectations of patients for more patient-centred and improved quality of care.
The HSSP 2020-24 provides concrete strategies and interventions to address major health challenges across the lifespan of all citizens by providing a coherent framework that will guide policymakers, stakeholders and partners in health development over the next five years.
The HSSP 2020-24 incorporates the strategies framed in line with the priorities of the Government as outlined in Vision 2030, Government Programme 2020-2024, Budget Address 2019-2020, Budget Address 2020-2021 as well as Global and Regional Commitments on Health endorsed by Mauritius, therefore, seeking to fulfil Mauritius's commitment to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals' agenda, more specifically, Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
The Health Sector Strategic Plan 2020-2024 (HSSP 2020-2024) was launched by the Honourable Prime Minister on 12 August 2020 followed by different dissemination workshops.
2. National e-Health Project
The Ministry of Health and Wellness intends to improve the quality and responsiveness of health care services through the rolling out of a National e-Health Project in Mauritius and Rodrigues. The e-Health project would cover all the Regional Hospitals, District Hospitals, Specialised Hospitals, Mediclinics, Area Health Centres (AHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs), Central Health Laboratory, Central Warehouse and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
The project will be financed through a Line of Credit of USD 17 million from the EXIM Bank of India and is expected to be completed by 2023.
3. National AIDS Spending Assessment 2018
The NASA is an internationally standardised framework developed by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) based on a system of classification and guidelines to track the resources spent on the HIV/AIDS response from all sources to beneficiary populations in a given year. The NASA Resource Tracking Tool (RTT) 2018 software developed by the UNAIDS was used for the development of the NASA Report 2018.
The Report is based on the country's third round of HIV/AIDS spending assessment and tracks national healthcare spending on HIV and AIDS for the period 01 January to 31 December 2018 in Mauritius and Rodrigues. The first and second spending assessments covered the Financial Years 2010 and 2012 respectively.
The NASA Report 2018 will enable Mauritius to negotiate for financial and technical assistance from donor partners such as the GFATM and the UNAIDS in the HIV/AIDS response as part of the Fast Track commitment to end AIDS by 2030 under Sustainable Development Goals and in the forthcoming GFATM Grant Cycle 2021 – 2023.
4. Health Statistics Report 2019
The Health Statistics Report 2019 contains information on population and vital statistics, health infrastructures, health personnel, maternal and child health, notifiable diseases, private health institutions, morbidity, infant and child mortality, mortality (all ages), and other services for the monitoring of the health of the population which will enable improvement of service delivery.
5. EU REHSIMUS Budgetary Support
In the context of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Union is providing a budget support to the tune of EUR 7.8 million for the project “Reinforcing the Health Sector in Mauritius" – REHSIMUS which aims at reinforcing the national health systems including the response to challenges posed by the CoVID-19 pandemic and to any other pandemic and public health emergency that may emerge in the future to reinforce the resilience and the efficiency of the health systems.
6. Japan's Grant Aid – Economic and Social Development Programme
The Government of Japan is providing medical equipment in the context of the CoVID-19 measures to the Ministry of Health and Wellness under the Japan's Grant Aid “the Economic and Social Development Programme". The Grant Aid is to the tune of JPY 300 million.