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Living in Mauritius: Healthcare and Education

Planning on living in Plaisance City in Mauritius? You want to know more about how healthcare and education is on the island? Here is everything you need to know about healthcare and the education system of the island of Mauritius.

Healthcare in Mauritius

Whilst there is publicly funded healthcare provision in Mauritius for local residents, as an expat you would usually need to pay your own medical costs. It is therefore important to ensure that you have appropriate medical insurance before you move to Mauritius. There are plenty of public hospitals on the island, but many expats prefer to make use of one of the private hospitals such as the Darne Clinic or the Apollo Bramwell Hospital, where a broader range of services can be offered and superior facilities are available. A small number of complex medical procedures may not be available in Mauritius, and for these you would need to be transferred to a hospital in South Africa or Reunion.

Malaria does not occur in Mauritius except in some rural areas, so there is  little need to take precautions against this, and you are typically not required to have any vaccinations when traveling to and from the country, unless you come from a country with yellow fever risk transmission. Nevertheless, standard immunizations against tetanus, diphtheria, mumps, measles and rubella (MMR), as well as for hepatitis A and B are recommended.

Education in Mauritius

Education is highly valued, and the state provides free education from primary school through to university for children who live in Mauritius. There is also a wide choice of international schools that are ideal for children moving from overseas to Mauritius, for example, Alexandra House School and the International Preparatory School for children aged up to 11 years. In addition to academic subjects, pupils have the opportunity to take many extra classes such as ballet, art, netball, tennis, touch rugby, and cricket.

For secondary level students there is also a range of private schools to choose from, such as Le Bocage International School and Northfields High School, where pupils can study for academic qualifications, for example, international GCSEs, A levels, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Fees are payable for all international schools. The high standard of education at the international schools also attracts Mauritian children to these establishments, offering expat pupils the opportunity to become more integrated in the local community.

 

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