A personal Note from Nileema Jeetah
As a proponent of Eudaimonia, which entails the attainment of overall well-being and one’s flourishing, I have always believed that good health is an important factor, if not the most important one. We need to nourish and cherish what we are endowed with in order to have a steady and enduring prosperous life. I however observe with dismay how often people take their health for granted until something fatal hits them.
I also find with much concern to what extent Mauritius is plagued by chronic non-communicable diseases (CNCD; related preventable conditions of type II diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular diseases) and how many of us do not know how to face them and what can actually be done to curb their impact. Many of my close family members have been diagnosed with CNCD but without proper guidance and timely support, they are having much difficulty in understanding and managing their health condition. It makes one realise that education on CNCD is essential but implementing that in a lifestyle is another milestone to be achieved.
Then the 5-2035 vision of GFCH reached me at an opportune time. Helping to achieve GFCH’s objectives of empowering the Mauritian population to beat down CNCD instinctively became my objective. I admire the initiative of Dr Shivraj Sohur and the whole team of GFCH, who are moving mountains behind the scenes for a healthier Mauritius.
As the Founding General Counsel, I strive to do as much in order to achieve this common goal of 5-2035 vision. I am hopeful that in the near future Mauritius will reach a step forward in combatting CNCD and be exemplary to the world.