WHO Mauritius announces its two-year Health Priorities.

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On March 18, 2024, the World Health Organization (WHO) Mauritius Country Office and the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) jointly unveiled the revised Biennial Workplan 2024–2025. The product of close collaboration between WHO Mauritius and the MOHW, this results-driven paper outlines the organization’s aims for public health outcomes for the next two years.

These are broken down into four pillars, which are Advancing Universal Health Coverage; Addressing Health Emergencies; Promoting Healthier Populations; and Promoting Data and Innovation, in accordance with the WHO’s 13th General Programme of Work (GPW13). These pillars serve as the foundation for WHO Mauritius’ efforts to assist the MOHW in realizing its goal of consistently raising the standard of the nation’s healthcare system.

The WHO Biennial Workplan and Programme Budget 2024–2025 enters its operationalization phase with the launching event. The Programme Management Officer and technical personnel of WHO Mauritius gave a presentation that included a thorough review of the Workplan and its high-priority outputs.

Kailash Jagutpal, the Minister of Health and Wellness, seized the chance to commend WHO Mauritius and his Ministry for the work completed thus far, noting that the new Workplan’s wide variety of outputs represented a promising beginning point for the upcoming biennium.

As for WHO Mauritius, its implementation “will further accelerate the country’s impressive strides in health and health systems, while also addressing the emerging risks which are threatening some of these achievements,” according to Dr. Anne Ancia, WHO Representative, who further explained that the Workplan “defines our strategic deliverables for the next two years and allocates resources for their achievement.”

“Climate change threatens the health system and some of the health achievements of the past decades, particularly when it comes to communicable diseases; and the resurgence of dengue is just one example,” Dr. Ancia said, highlighting the serious health difficulties that lay ahead. Antimicrobial resistance is quickly reducing the effectiveness of treatment for a number of important infectious diseases, including HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis. In addition to the ongoing threat to national, regional, and international health security posed by growing movements of people, products, and services as well as the advent of new diseases prone to epidemics, changes in lifestyle choices, frequently brought on by socioeconomic upheavals, also create newer hazards to our health and well-being.

Following a seven-step process that started with the identification of health needs and trends in accordance with WHO Mauritius’ current Country Cooperation Strategy 2023-2026 and ended with a quality check by the output delivery team, the Biennial Workplan and Programme Budget 2024-2025 were developed. They contain a thorough explanation of the anticipated results, each of which is connected to a KPI to gauge the activity’s effectiveness. “What cannot be measured is not achieved,” according to the Results Framework Management of the World Health Organization.

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