On Thursday, 5 August 2021, Pacific representatives from across multiple sectors gathered at Nga Hau Mangere Birthing Centre to talanoa about Pacific Infant Safety -Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) prevention.
Moana Research was privileged to host this cross-sectoral collaboration of Pacific partnerships between Pacific well child providers (South Seas Healthcare), Ministry of Social Development, Oranga Tamariki, the NZ Police, Hapai te Hauora, Pasifika Midwives, Bright Sunday and Counties Manukau Health, which reflects the genuine desire for a response to Pacific Infant Safety – SUDI Prevention which is Pacific led and culturally anchored.
The day provided an opportunity for people to share their perspectives, thoughts and professional experiences often directing conversations towards strengths-based approaches that went beyond health.
The increase of SUDI deaths amongst our Pacific babies within the CMH region was a concern for NZ Police’s William Fanene, National Partnerships Manager for Pacific Peoples who was instrumental in initiating this cross-sectoral collaborative approach.
We continue to acknowledge our WHY, while we work collaboratively to progress momentum in creating positive impacts for Our babies, Our Mothers, Our Fathers and Our Communities.
Watch this space!