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GFCH mission statement
Why is GFCH Helping in the Community Effort to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19?
The Global Foundation for Community Health (GFCH) is a non-partisan and non-sectarian not-for-profit organization dedicated to help curb diabetes and related preventable diseases in Mauritius through the 5-2035 Vision. We are aiming to decrease uncontrolled diabetes prevalence in the country to 5% by year 2035. We empower communities and the Government through our scientific, medical, social, and philanthropic efforts and advocacy. We will enable export of 5-2035 to the world.
The COVID-19 (C-19) pandemic is an existential threat to humanity on medical, social, economic and political levels. We have come to view this cataclysmic event as World War C-19 (WWC19). At GFCH, we have decided to slow down our core activities (see our 8 Priorities for 2020) to use the talents of our members to contribute in providing public service announcements (PSAs) that will inform and educate using art and entertainment as a mechanism during this time of C-19 pandemic.
We propose to use our web and and other social media platforms to highlight work by other organization are doing to win WWC19 focused on Mauritius with ripple effects to the larger world community of the Mauritian diaspora and friends of Mauritius.
The GFCH also intends to use the material it produces under the aegis of its COVID Task Force to sensitize the public about its mission to decrease diabetes and related chronic non-communicable diseases (CNCD; related and preventable conditions of type II diabetes, coronary artery disease, hypertension and stroke) by enabling the 5-2035 Vision of empowered and frugally innovative community health care in Mauritius as a model for the world. In so doing, we hope to build a larger membership base to accelerate and make our 5-2035 Vision a reality. As regards to WWC19, we live with the conviction that ‘This Too Shall Pass’. And so in the post C-19 world to come, we want to lay down the groundwork to decrease CNCD through the 5-2035 Vision because we view these preventable conditions as a long-term existential threat to the health and prosperity of Mauritius and the planet.
Letter from the Head of the GFCH C19 Task Force
Dear GFCH Members,
Ki position? A brief note to bring you up to date with what the foundation has been up to over the past couple of weeks. As you may know, since the start of the year our founding President, Dr Shivraj Sohur, had highlighted 8 priorities for us to focus on in 2020. As the saying goes, the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.
As the COVID-19 (C19) pandemic evolved, we strongly felt that as a global health foundation it was our duty to step up and play our part in helping Mauritius reduce the spread. We quickly built a team of eager volunteers from various countries around the globe to help with this effort. It was amazing to see how despite the time zones, Mauritians and friends of Mauritius from the United States of America, Canada, France, England, Australia, and of course Mauritius, readily engaged to research, brainstorm, create and disseminate content that highlights the core and critical steps to take towards conquering C19.
The GFCH C19 task force recruited several new adherents and quickly evolved from a WhatsApp group to more sophisticated project management software in a matter of weeks. This has allowed this wonderful and gifted team of individuals, that barely knew each other two weeks ago, to create informative and educational content that has reached 100s of thousands of Mauritians through our digital platforms (Facebook, GFCH website, YouTube channel). From a symptom checklist chart to the latest collaboration with the famous Bhojpuri Boys resulting in a “corona remix” of Lougarou, the creative and informative minds continue to be hard at work to raise awareness and help Mauritius defeat C19.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who are part of the C19 Task Force. They have worked relentlessly, on their own time and dime, until ungodly hours of the day/night to create and disseminate this important content. It’s humbling and a true privilege to be able to lead these genuinely amazing human beings!
I’ll invite members who are interested to join the C19 task force to get in touch. We still need content creators and people with experience in design and animation. Support your fellow members by liking, following and sharing the GFCH Facebook page to your networks.
Rest assured, we are still working tirelessly behind the scenes to achieve our foundation’s ultimate goal, which is curbing uncontrolled diabetes to 5% by 2035.
Gwendolyn Brooks once wrote: “We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.” This quote should resonate with each and every one of us in this time where everyone’s actions make a difference in what will next unfold in the C19 story.
Onwards and Upwards
Head GFCH C19 Task Force
GFCH Chief People Officer