Demographic evolution from 1980 to 2020: fewer and fewer births; getting older.
• More and more young Mauritians who have had a good secondary education go into exile to earn a living elsewhere.
• Mauritians who have completed higher education abroad and who return to work in the country may be exempt from paying the tax for the first 3 years after their return to the country.
• More and more immigrant workers to run our economy, but also to send our rupees abroad.
• More and more young people who live together in company and do not want a child right away.
• Fewer and fewer marriages that take place more and more in old age.
• More and more fragile families, domestic violence and divorces.
• Fewer and fewer pregnancies and more and more difficult births.
How the budget can offer positive solutions.
Background sessions during which our Mauritians can rediscover the values that consolidate love.
The first to empower: men and especially adolescents who pass on the life and sex of their child.
Teenagers who need to know how their bodies work and their heart’s reactions ready to love the first comer who cares about them.
Teach teens how alcohol abuse and cigarette smoking when they are still teenagers will harm their babies when they are forming in the womb.
Engaged couples preparing for marriage: a festive meeting led by responsible couples to talk to them about the riches and difficulties that are part of the life of couples.
How to evaluate expectant parents
• An annual meeting in various regions of the country to which prospective parents who wish to have a child during the year are invited. Meeting led by a psychologist, a gynecologist and two pairs of parents.
• Monthly meetings for expectant mothers to teach them how to experience pregnancy well. Mothers-to-be expecting a baby are invited to come to the community center or dispensary each month to hear a presentation from a midwife who will explain to mothers their baby’s development over the next month and answer their questions. Those who have to take the bus will be given a free ticket, biscuits and fruit juices will be offered before returning home. There will also be a festive meeting to explain the child’s development from conception until the age of 2.
• These meetings will be all the more important two to a month before birth to learn to recognize the signs of the baby’s arrival, when to go to the hospital, take care of yourself and your baby.
• A special session will talk about the benefits of breastfeeding and teach them how to bathe their baby.
• A parenting workshop to teach mothers the “baby massage”, so that they learn activities that help the child awaken, manual activities and allow them to earn money staying at home; sewing, gardening, crafts.
• Those who have attended a minimum of 7 monthly sessions will receive an allowance of Rs 2000 before delivery to purchase essentials.
• Personalized support from a midwife for those in need of special care.
Visit the midwife at their home to make sure everything is fine for the mother and baby.
Positive visit from the midwife who will come to see if all is well, if mothers are not facing the baby blues; advise new mothers for their personal well-being and get help from social assistance for those facing severe financial problems.
Empower women so that they are single mothers who know how to establish a positive dialogue in their family and in their neighborhood.
The reception and protection of children entrusted to foster families.
Consolidate the unity of children in danger and facilitate the adoption of Mauritian children.
These are practical suggestions that will clarify the government’s interest in rejuvenating our population.