The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew

Abraham Lincoln

Mission Statement

The 5-2035 Global Foundation for Community Health (GFCH) is a nonpartisan not-for-profit organization dedicated to help curb CNCD in Mauritius through the 5-2035 vision; as a signature goal, to decrease diabetes prevalence in the country to 5% by year 2035. We will empower communities to work with content experts and the government through our scientific, medical, social, and philanthropic efforts and advocacy. We will enable export of 5-2035 learnings to the world.

Concordia res parvae crescunt (“In Unity, Strength”).

The 5-2035 Vision

The central thesis of the 5-2035 vision is that healthcare is an inalienable right as well a collective responsibility. In substance, 5-2035 is a comprehensive health policy blueprint that aims to curb type II diabetes in Mauritius to 5% prevalence by the year 2035 using a multi-sectoral approach. Around this tangible goal, we have a larger ambition of improving the overall nefarious effects of diabetes-associated chronic non-communicable diseases (CNCD are defined to include type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke), and the entire Mauritian healthcare system and quality of life within the next generation. Importantly, 5-2035 aligns itself to be a driver in the Mauritian economic engine by creating an exportable pragmatic evidence-based community health model to the rest of the world.

We will achieve the 5-2035 goal by empowering local communities through a grassroots integrated community health into the solid health infrastructure already present in the island. At the heart of the working model, we will heavily invest in human resources development. 5-2035 calls for training and/or retraining of 1,500 innovatively-conceived community health nurse practitioners (CHNPs) and 150 community health doctors (CHDrs), supported by a secretariat at the community health development initiative (CHDI).

Our Mission

The challenge to decrease CNCD -related preventable conditions of type II diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular diseases-and to improve the quality of life of a whole nation must begin at the point of the heart. The country has to turn inward to take stock of the hopes and aspirations it nurtures. What is her index of self-confidence in the future? A vanquished people cannot take up an endeavor of this magnitude, when world CNCD trends are moving in the opposite direction.

Over the last decade, we have meticulously studied the CNCD pandemic in Mauritius and around the world and we are convinced that the island is uniquely positioned to be the ground-zero for curbing CNCD as a model for the rest of the world through frugally innovative community health. At the center of this innovation is the 5-2035 concept of the community health nurse practitioner (CHNP) supervised by a community health doctor (CHDr).  Each 5-2035 CHNP will closely care for 1,000 citizens to transform their health, lifestyle and quality of life. The CHNP will work with the community health cell (CHC) elected from the 1,000 citizens, and will be motivated by 3 pillars of practice:

1) clinical excellence

2) community engagement, and

3) research and training.

At capacity, 1,500 CHNPs and 150 CHDrs, supported by public / private partners, will define frugally innovative health care delivery as a model for the world.

Core Mechanisms We Will Employ in Our Efforts to Achieve the 5-2035 Goal.