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Historical Background

Lupus, the disease with a thousand faces, was unheard of in Mauritius before the first press article on Dalilah Kalla, who came out public with her suffering, traumatic experiences and her agony in July 1997. The idea of setting up an NGO in Mauritius to support Lupus patients was initiated by Babs Venkatasamy and Brian Hanner, former Director of Lupus UK and on the 30th July 1999 this non-profit, charitable organisation was officially launched. Lupus Alert has so far been endeavouring to make the Mauritian public conscious of a disease for which no cure is available.

Our organization is run entirely by volunteers of whom the majority has Lupus. We use our own experiences of the illness to assist those newly diagnosed in understanding their condition and we offer an empathetic listening ear to any problems the lupus sufferer may be facing.

Our main objectives are:

  • To give support to our diagnosed members and provide information to those seeking diagnosis.
  • To increase public awareness about Lupus and other autoimmune diseases and their impact on sufferers and their families.
  • To improve communication between patients, physicians and healthcare providers.
  • To raise funds for the furtherance of the objectives of the association.

Our Vision:

That all people with lupus in Mauritius have guaranteed access to competent health care, high quality treatment and are ensured all the support required to live a comfortable life.

Our Mission:

We are dedicated to improve the quality of life for people with lupus through the REACH programme: Research, Education, Awareness, Commitment and Healthcare.