Forty percent of Mauritians are either diabetic or pre-diabetic, and most of this segment has additional chronic non-communicable diseases (CNCD: stroke, diabetes and cardiovascular disease). In the proposed 5-2035 vision, each innovative community health nurse practitioner (CHNP), supervised by a community health doctor (CHDr) will closely care for 1,000 citizens to transform their heath, 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.
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).
Core mechanisms we will employ towards achieving 5-2035
1) Promotion of national unity and social justice by making the 5-2035 endeavor our ‘Man to the Moon’ target;
2) SEED-SCALE model of sustainable community-based human development ;
3) Investment in human potential and enabling existing institutions to grow with the project so we create buy-in from stakeholders in a fiscally-responsive manner;
4) Focus on public-private partnerships to create a cadre of socially-conscious national and international entrepreneurs to spread the message of 5-2035 in the country and the rest of the world, and
5) Focus on pragmatism and frugal innovation.
Please see the 5-2035 Executive Summary to have an overview of our plan or request the full 76-page 5-2035 White Paper for further details.
The GFCH Mission Statement and Charter can be found here. Meet our GFCH leadership team and consider our GFCH officer values and responsibilities. There are a number of volunteer leadership opportunities that you or friends you know could consider; learn more here.
If you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate contact us . Our response time may be slow as all of us at the GFCH are volunteers for the 5-2035 mission and have full time commitments. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
 Taylor-Ide, D. and C.E. Taylor, Just and Lasting Change. 2002, Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press.