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April 2, 2019: Wellkin Hospital sensitizes general public on World Autism Day
Tuesday, April 2, 2019, International Awareness Day on Autism was an opportunity to break down prejudices, increase awareness about this disease in our society. Autism affects about 1% of the world’s population and Mauritius has about 10,000 to 12,000 cases. Founded on November 26, 2009, Autisme Maurice aims to improve the quality of life of children with autism and their families and offer an educational solution for children with autism. This year we are celebrating the 10th edition of World Autism Day.
On this occasion, Wellkin Hospital participated in this international action by illuminating its building in blue, also known as “Light It Up Blue” during the night of 1st and 2nd April.
This symbolic lighting is a sign of the institution’s commitment to the national awareness and solidarity towards the families concerned. Wellkin Hospital also provides free consultation rooms to Autism Mauritius and its members for free consultations and advice from experts in the field.
“Nearly one in 150 children is diagnosed with autism. There is no cure for autism. Nevertheless, understanding and lifelong support can help people with this disease to develop their full potential. Integrating children and adults with autism into our society is the highest priority that each of us can and must participate in.
“I thank Fondation CIEL Nouveau Regard and Wellkin Hospital for their support since the beginning of this project”, said Géraldine Aliphon, Director and Founder of Autisme Maurice.
Mauritius is the second country in the Indian Ocean after Reunion to have a diagnostic service for people with autism. SEDAM (Service d’Évaluation et de Diagnostique de l’Autisme à Maurice) is a project initiated by the association Autisme Maurice and funded by the Fondation CIEL Nouveau Regard of the CIEL Group. Wellkin Hospital also supports this project by providing free consultation rooms twice a week, allowing better management of this disability.
“Wellkin Hospital wants to provide support to people affected by autism spectrum disorders by facilitating diagnosis and management of the disease” said Olivier Schmitt, COO of Wellkin Hospital.