The Research Unit is responsible for creating awareness of the need and usefulness of research information at all levels of the health system and ensuring that health research information is disseminated and used. This unit is mainly concerned with the conduct of Health Systems Research [HSR] i.e. assessing the effectiveness of health care interventions, evaluation of health programmes and epidemiological studies.
Evaluation of Tobacco Control Policies. The international Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project, Mauritius.
The MIH collaboration with the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (the ITC project) based at University of Waterloo, Canada, started in 2009 in order to undertake a study to evaluate the impact of tobacco control policies implemented under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Since 2009, three waves of the ITC Mauritius Survey have been conducted on a longitudinal cohort sample of 600 smokers and 240 non-smokers. Two more ITC waves are planned and the next one will be conducted after the coming into circulation of a new set of pictorial health warnings on cigarette packs. The ITC Mauritius Survey has become a valuable and integral part of the tobacco control programme and provides evidence that Mauritius needs to strengthen tobacco policies to reduce morbidity and mortality caused by tobacco use.
National Cancer Registry
The MIH continued to provide support to the National Cancer Registry, which is based at the Central Pathological Laboratory. Its input consisted in the collection, classification and analysis of data relating to the occurrence and the characteristics of all cancer cases in the Republic of Mauritius.
Mauritius Birth Defects Registry
The Mauritius Birth Defects Registry (MBDR) is a new surveillance system that was created at the Mauritius Institute of Health (MIH) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life (MOH&QL) and with funding from the World Health Organization. The general objective of the MBDR is to carry out active registration of all births with defects that occurred from mothers residing in Mauritius. The primary purpose of the MBDR is to provide a means for accurate and up-to-date tracking congenital abnormalities in order to determine how affected children have access to needed health-care and other services necessary to treat their conditions. The data can also be utilized for birth defects prevention and control programmes. The MBDR is an ongoing project and two reports have been produced based on data collected for the year 2013 and 2014.
Contraceptive Prevalence Survey (CPS)
The Mauritius Institute of Health (MIH) has been requested by the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life to conduct a survey on the use of contraception among women aged 15 to 49 years in Mauritius and Rodrigues. This project is funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
The 2014 Contraceptive Prevalence Survey (CPS) is the fourth survey carried out in the Republic of Mauritius following the 1985, 1991 and 2002 CPSs. This national survey is an important evaluation tool for identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the family planning programme designed to provide information on population, family planning, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and reproductive health.
Research Projects 2000-2012