Reproductive Health Project: The Case of Mauritius

Last updated January 2009
Author:
S.K. Bundoo

Abstract:
The main objectives of this work in progress were: to assess the current status of Reproductive Health in Mauritius, to appraise the progress made and review the areas of concern and based on secondary data available to conduct a cost effectiveness analysis in a broad sense of the word by linking outcomes with expenditures. We found that Mauritius has made remarkable improvements in practically all components of RH and will be meeting the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) with respect to RH comfortably with the sole exception being the infant mortality rate. The “CEA” conducted also showed increased efficiency at an aggregate level. However, as stressed in the report, for Mauritius, the devil is in the details. We do have some serious areas of concern at the micro level. The most pressing ones identified are: increase drop-outs among contraceptive users and more reliance on less reliable natural methods, an increase in teenage pregnancy, an increase in abortion rates, and some lack of reproductive health responsibility by the youth. A critical analysis with respect to each of the above issues was conducted to see what is being done and what needs to be done at the macro level. We then reviewed the field studies which have been conducted with respect to these areas, what results were noted and we highlighted some main recommendations based on the results.

Contact Information:
S.K. Bundoo, sbundoo@uom.ac.mu, University of Mauritius