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World Health Day 2024 I marked the conclusion of the World Health Organization’s 75th-anniversary celebrations, with impactful events coordinated by member States, WHO Country Offices, and global partners. Under the theme “My health, my right,” this year’s initiatives advocated for accessible, acceptable, and available healthcare worldwide.

In Quatre Bornes, a morning celebration featuring a health promotion campaign drew distinguished guests, including the Minister of Health and Wellness, the Minister of Environment, the Mayor of Quatre Bornes, and parliamentarians. Furthermore, WHO commemorated the culmination of its 75th-anniversary celebrations by unveiling a commemorative stamp in Mauritius, expressing gratitude to all participants.

They were aligned with the theme of World Health Day; WHO Mauritius engaged with children and young adults with special education needs, adhering to the UN disability inclusion strategy. Subsequently, they interacted with older women, spotlighting efforts to ensure healthcare access for all and the unwavering dedication of healthcare professionals serving vulnerable communities.

Founded in 1987 by Josiane Ah Siong, the Association des Parents pour la Rehabilitation des Infirmes Moteurs (APRIM) provides education and specialized developmental activities to children and young adults living with disabilities in Mauritius. Despite progress, APRIM faces challenges such as changes in specialist remuneration structures and inadequate public transportation accessibility for people with disabilities.

WHO underscores the significance of the recently enacted Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act in Mauritius, addressing concerns raised by healthcare professionals and families supporting 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 grapples with the escalating demand for admission attributed to Mauritius’ ageing population.

WHO collaborates with the Government of Mauritius to address the evolving needs of the ageing population through initiatives such as the Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE) strategy aimed at delivering comprehensive care for older adults.

As WHO advances toward achieving Universal Health Coverage and ensuring that no one is left behind, the celebration of World Health Day underscores these objectives. The organization expresses appreciation to APRIM and Mère Augustine Home for Women for their participation and valuable insights.

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