The National Nutrition Survey 2022 launched at Sir Leckaz Teelock State Secondary School in Flacq

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The National Nutrition Survey 2022 launched at Sir Leckaz Teelock State Secondary School in Flacq
The National Nutrition Survey 2022 launched at Sir Leckaz Teelock State Secondary School in Flacq

Africa-Press – Mauritius. The National Nutrition Survey 2022 was launched on 23 July 2022 at Sir Leckraz Teelock State Secondary School in Flacq. A joint initiative of the Ministry of Health and Wellness in collaboration with international institutions, the Survey will be conducted till 10 August 2022 at 16 different sites across Mauritius.

They are namely: Flacq, Curepipe, Rivière du Rempart, Souillac, Lallmatie, Mahebourg, Triolet, Vacoas, Roche Bois, Quatre Bornes, Plaine Verte, Beau Bassin, Port Louis, Petite Rivière, Pamplemousses, and Quartier Militaire.

The objectives of the Survey are to study food consumption patterns and assess the nutritional status of the population with a view to address diet and nutrition related health problems and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the country.

It will also help evaluate the incidence of malnutrition and its related factors among the Mauritian population especially after the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The findings of the NSS will not only serve the purpose of monitoring and evaluating progress made by comparing data with the previous nutrition surveys but will also help the Ministry of Health and Wellness to address the shortcomings which will be identified.

The survey will also help to evaluate the ongoing Nutrition programmes as specified in the National Plan of Action on Nutrition 2016-2020 and will provide valuable information which will strengthen nutrition services, Action Plans and programme delivery.

The NSS 2022 The NSS 2022 will be carried out in 16 clusters throughout the country. Two teams will be involved simultaneously working daily at two different sites.

The exercise of enumeration, which has been completed, was carried out in April / May 2022. A total of 15 clusters have been randomly selected by Statistics Mauritius and the Department of Health Statistics of the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

A 16th cluster has been included into the sample to cater for households of Chinese origin. The 16 clusters are well-demarcated geographical areas within the nine districts of Mauritius.

The population size, in urban and rural regions, has been considered during this exercise. About 5,000 households were visited in the 16 clusters and some 15,000 persons were enlisted.

Some 2,700 persons aged between five to 74 years have been randomly selected to participate in the Survey as follows: five to 11 yrs old – 600; 12 to 19 yrs old – 600; 20 to 49 yrs old – 800; and 50 to 74 yrs old – 700.

The Survey, funded by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, will obtain technical assistance from Monash University in Australia; University of Helsinki in Finland; Umea University Hospital in Sweden; the Imperial College in UK; and the World Health Organisation.

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