Examining what it means to be healthy and have rights

Apr 25, 2024 | Health | 0 comments

World Health Day 2024 I concluded the World Health Organization’s 75th-anniversary celebrations with purposeful activities organized by Member States, WHO Country Offices, and their partners worldwide. Guided by the theme “My health, my right,” this year’s events advocated for accessible, acceptable, and available healthcare.

In Quatre Bornes, a morning celebration featuring a health promotion campaign was attended by distinguished guests, including the Minister of Health and Wellness, the Minister of Environment, the Mayor of Quatre Bornes, and parliamentarians. Additionally, WHO marked the closing of its 75th-anniversary celebrations by launching a commemorative stamp in Mauritius, expressing gratitude to all who participated in the festivities.

In line with the theme of World Health Day, WHO Mauritius celebrated with children and young adults with special education needs, adhering to the UN disability inclusion strategy. Subsequently, they engaged with older women, highlighting efforts to ensure healthcare access for all and the dedication of healthcare professionals serving vulnerable populations.

The Association des Parents pour la Rehabilitation des Infirmes Moteurs (APRIM), founded in 1987 by Josiane Ah Siong, provides education and specialized developmental activities to children and young adults living with disabilities in Mauritius. Despite progress since its inception, APRIM faces challenges such as changes in specialist remuneration structures and a lack of accessible public transportation for people with disabilities.

WHO emphasizes the importance of the recently passed Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act in Mauritius, aiming to address concerns raised by healthcare professionals and families caring for the 84,000 Mauritian individuals with disabilities.

Similarly, the Mère-Augustine Home for Women, managed by the Congrégation des Sœurs de Charité de Notre-Dame-Du-Bon-Et-Perpétuel-Secours, provides care for older women. The home’s challenges include meeting the growing demand for admission associated with Mauritius’ ageing population.

WHO collaborates with the Government of Mauritius to address the needs of the ageing population through initiatives such as the Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE) strategy, which aims to provide comprehensive care for older adults.

As WHO works toward achieving Universal Health Coverage and leaving no one behind, the celebration of World Health Day underscores these aspirations. The organization expresses gratitude to APRIM and Mère Augustine Home for Women for their engagement and shared experiences.

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