WHO launches its cooperation strategy with Mauritius to scale up universal health coverage

MAURITIUS – The World Health Organization (WHO) is set to work together with Republic of Mauritius to improve the health and wellness of Mauritians.

This is through the third World Health Organization Country Cooperation Strategy that was launched on 18 January 2023 by the Health Minister, Dr the Hon K. Jagutpal and the WHO Representative in Mauritius, Dr Anne Ancia.

They were in the presence of UN Resident Coordinator, Ms Lisa Singh, other UN Agencies, European Union, Embassies, high level officials of the Ministry of Health and other ministries among others.

This four-year Country Cooperation Strategy lays down the road map of how the WHO and Mauritius will work together.

It has been harmonized with the national Vision 2030, the Government Programme, the Health Sector Strategic Plan (HSSP) 2020-2024, the UN Strategic Partnership Framework and WHO General Programme of Work-13.

It aims at progressing towards the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The document has been developed in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Wellness following consultations with key players.

“We are grateful to the World Health Organization for the valuable support provided during the pandemic, especially the active participation of the WHO Representative in the High-level committee chaired by the Prime Minister,” Dr the Hon Jagutpal said.

“WHO provided valuable support for the elaboration of the guidelines and protocols to prevent and control Covid-19.”

The Strategic Priorities are designed to support the Government of Mauritius for the next four years in implementing its ambitious agenda for health and has been aligned with the WHO global “triple billion” goals.

The goal aims to have one billion more people benefit from universal health coverage, have them be better protected from health emergencies, and enjoy better health and well-being.

Actions will be focused on four strategic priorities to build resilient health systems to continue advancing Universal Health Coverage and it will strengthen the health system for improved emergency preparedness and response including for the risks related to climate change.

It will also promote health and healthy environments for all Mauritians through multisectoral engagement and support the use of data, renewable energies and other innovations for integrated, people-centred care.

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