Ministry of Youth and Sports Mauritius
Considering low levels of physical activity and high prevalence of lifestyle diseases, the Government of Mauritius recognised the need for greater focus on sports and physical activity. Only 23% of the Mauritian adult population meet the WHO recommendations of physical activity. This is a factor contributing to the dramatic increase in non-communicable diseases over the past 20 years. On average, 1 in 4 Mauritians die of Type II diabetes, a ratio higher than anywhere in the World.
We worked with the Ministry for Youth and Sport to create a new National Sport and Physical Activity Policy compromising of 20 actions under 3 major transformational themes.
In the first year of the Policy we were able to secure a 100% increase in public funding for mass participation initiatives. As well as define the national visions for community and elite sport, along with agreeing a national survey focused on physical activity to set a baseline and track progress.