June 20, 2013
Hui looks at baby deaths
People working on reducing the number of Māori babies dying will today hear of ways to get the safe sleep message out to whānau Māori.
Kodi Hapi from Whakawhetu National SUDI Prevention for Māori says Māori are disproportionately affected by Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy.
She says a major topic of Whakawhetu’s conference in Auckland is unintentional suffocation, which is preventable.
"We know that if babies have their own beds and if babies are slept on their backs, face up to the sky, then that is a really good way to protect them from unintentional suffocation'" Ms Hapi says.
Since the first national cot death campaign was launched, the number of babies dying of SUDI has dropped from 200 a year down to about 60.
Kei te korerohia te mate moenga ō ngā pēpē
Hei te rā nei whakahaerehia ai he hui nui ki roto ō Tāmaki Makaurau, hei ata wherawhera i te matenga ō ngā pepi i roto i ō rātou pouraka.
Tokomaha ngā rātonga hauora e aro nui ana ki tēnei momo mate, inā rā hoki, kei te kōtihi ō ngā tatauranga pepi mate pouraka, ngā pepi Māori.
Hei tā Kodi Hapi ō te rōpū Whakawhetu, ko ētahi ō ngā mate ohorere nei, ka taea te karo, pērā i te mate ō te pepi i te korenga ōnā e āhei ki te mapu hau, nā te mea, he mea kei runga i tōnā waha mē tōnā ihu.
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