Mauritania

Population: 3.7 million1
GDP per capita (PPP International $): $2,4002
Total expenditure on health per capita (Intl $, 2011): 1292

Sources:

1 www.prb.org/publications (Population Reference Bureau)
2 http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.country (World Health Organisation)

Mauritania (officially the Islamic Republic of Mauritania) is a country in West Africa. Its capital and largest city, Nouakchott, sits on the Atlantic coast, its western border. In the north Mauritania borders Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara, Algeria in the northeast, Mali in the east and southeast, and Senegal in the southwest. The largely desert country presents a cultural contrast, with an Arab-Berber population to the north and black Africans to the south. Many of its people are nomads. In Mauritania about 20% of the population live on less than US$1.25 per day. 

Implementing Partner in-Country: Association Mauritanienne de Lutte contre le Diabète

Life for a Child Support

Commenced in 2013. Over 40 children are currently supported by the Programme.

The Association Mauritanienne de Lutte contre le Diabète contacted Life for a Child (LFAC) in July 2012, following the 1st IDF African Diabetes Congress in Arusha, Tanzania.  The Association is very proactive in education and treatment and has an established relationship with the Government. An LFAC questionnaire was completed, determining the Association’s needs and identifying 23 children and youth with diabetes – mainly in the nations’ capital, Nouakchoutt.

Following the signing of an MOU, insulin, funds for a refrigerator (specifically for donated insulin storage), and meters, strips, and lancets were sent in for local distribution – enabling home monitoring of blood glucose for many children who had no experience of this previously.  As awareness of the Programme has grown and children outside the capital asked to be enrolled, numbers have already almost doubled, totalling 43 in May 2014.  

Further increases are expected as care spreads to other parts of the country and the enhanced management improves survival rates.