APSA (Association pour la Promotion de la Santé), an NGO, was created in 1988 to promote a global approach to diabetes care in order to improve the quality of life and prevent avoidable, associated complications.
Type 2 diabetes has a high incidence in Mauritius, and 1 in 4 Mauritian has diabetes. Diabetes and its related illnesses is a serious threat to the social and economic welfare of the families as well as to the general economy of the country. The onset of diabetes is slow and insidious – often without many symptoms. Over a period of many years, the high blood glucose level starts to damage nerve endings, blood vessels of the eyes, the kidneys, the cardio vascular system and the limbs extremities. To reduce the incidence of diabetes complications, the patients who are at risk need to be surrounded by a specialized care team. APSA operates a Diabetes Care Centre offering a standard of ‘Excellence’ in diabetes care through a comprehensive approach in patient care and management.
NATEC Medical is aware of the challenging situation that our country has to face, thus its long time support to this NGO.
MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association), an NGO, was founded in June 2003. It is the only charitable association whose aim is to promote the well-being of persons suffering from muscular dystrophy.
Muscular dystrophy is a genetic disorder characterized by rapid and progressive muscle weakness and atrophy of muscle tissue which in time affects the whole body. There are various types of muscular dystrophy, the most severe type being the Duchenne MD which affects mainly young males, due to its X-linked recessive inherited pattern.
The vision of MDA is to mobilize partners nationwide and beyond, in the fields related to medicine, psychology, education, and any other relevant field which will have a significant impact on the life expectancy as well as the quality of life of these patients. The objectives of the association are to increase the life span and enhance the quality of life of the muscular dystrophy sufferers through medical interventions; provision of psychological counselling to patients, parents and caregivers, last but not least to provide financial support by mobilizing funds from various sponsors and well-wishers.
NATEC Medical is aware of the hardship of these patients and supports financially their ongoing projects through CSR.
T1 Diams is a non-profit organization specialized in the care and self-management of Type 1 diabetes in Mauritius and Rodrigues. The organization supports people living with Type 1 diabetes through different services. Type 1 diabetes affects mainly children, adolescents and young adults. It is not diet-related, but results from a pancreatic failure. About 5% of those living with diabetes in Mauritius have Type 1 diabetes.
T1 Diams was created in 2005 when the father of a newly diagnosed type 1 diabetic child discovered that the existing treatment protocol for Type 1 diabetics in Mauritius was inadequate since it did not fully educate patients on their condition and its daily management requirements. T1 Diams initially worked with parents of Type 1 diabetics, mobilizing them for joint actions on the problem. Today, T1 Diams reaches 700 people with its program. The aim of T1 Diams is: ” To give Type 1 diabetics realistic control over their health so they become active participants in the care and treatment of their condition.”
NATEC Medical supports actively this program to improve daily health care of the young Mauritian diabetics and help them build a better future.