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Know the signs of STROKE

on 19/06/2017

Know the signs of STROKE

A stroke can happen to anyone, anytime – it could be someone you know or the person next to you. Each year around 9,000 people have a stroke – that’s around one person each hour!

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Elder Abuse Awareness Week 15-22 June 2017

on 14/06/2017

Elder Abuse Awareness Week 15-22 June 2017

Elder Abuse Awareness Week runs from the 15-22 June 2017, starting with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June 2017. The theme this year in New Zealand is Elder Abuse Hits Close to Home because many older people are abused by family members.

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Txt Message Error – Friday 9 June 2017

on 12/06/2017

Txt Message Error – Friday 9 June 2017

This is a notice to all patients of The Fono that may have received an automated txt message overdue account reminder in error.

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GP Registrar training at The Fono

on 02/06/2017

GP Registrar training at The Fono

The Fono is supporting young Pacific General Practitioners (GPs) to become Fellows of The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) through the general practice education programme (GPEP): teacher feedback on Dr Luisa Fonua-Faeamani

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Events for Pasifika Mothers and Caregivers

on 11/05/2017

Events for Pasifika Mothers and Caregivers

Are you pregnant, a mother or caregiver of children under four or a support person / whanau to someone with young children? Pacific Healthy Babies Healthy Futures runs free events including physical activity and nutrition workshops to support you and your whanau. We have three Community Learners Programmes (CLP) groups in Ranui, Kelston and North Shore. These groups are open to Pasifika mothers to join at any time.

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Dental services grow at The Fono Central

on 10/05/2017

Dental services grow at The Fono Central

The Fono Central celebrated refurbishments at our Wyndham Street location in the Auckland CBD, which sees an extra dental chair and increased space to cater to the city’s growing demand.

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The Fono Central Renovations

on 28/04/2017

The Fono Central Renovations

We have been doing some exciting renovations our city dental practice at 33 Wyndham Street. Check out our BEFORE AND AFTER gallery to see the results.

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Typhoid Outbreak

on 10/04/2017

Typhoid Outbreak

The health authorities and Auckland Regional Public Health Service are working together to manage the outbreak of typhoid in Auckland. This outbreak has happened in a very small and localised area.

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New diabetes clinic promotes lifestyle changes to save lives

on 28/03/2017

New diabetes clinic promotes lifestyle changes to save lives

The Fono Manurewa’s new diabetes clinic is helping patients get the most care in a single visit with a one-stop-shop for services. With a dedicated diabetes nurse specialist, and dietician podiatry clinics available in the one location, patients get the care needed to control their diabetes and work towards reversing it.

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Enua Ola North Shore Aiga Challenge Prize Giving

on 10/03/2017

Enua Ola North Shore Aiga Challenge Prize Giving

On Wednesday 1 March 2017 the Enua Ola Aiga Challenge North Celebration prizegiving took place, with the ten Church and community groups that belong to the North Shore Enua Ola community.

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OL@-OR@ Photo Competition

on 09/03/2017

OL@-OR@ Photo Competition

The OL@-OR@ website is running a photo competition, giving you an opportunity to get creative with your photography skills. Cash prizes ranging from $25 - $100 are up for grabs and entries close Friday 24 March.

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Condolences to the people of the Kingdom of Tonga

on 24/02/2017

Condolences to the people of the Kingdom of Tonga

The Fono offers our condolences to the Kingdom of Tonga Royal Family and the people of Tonga at the passing of Queen Halaevalu Mata'aho Ahome'e.

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Brushing up on oral health

on 13/02/2017

Brushing up on oral health

Through a special partnership with AUT University, The Fono’s Community Team recently received oral health training from AUT oral health students. The initiative aims to upskill community workers on good oral health practices, so they can be passed to community for better oral health outcomes.

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The Fono launches new Financial Mentoring Services

on 24/01/2017

The Fono launches new Financial Mentoring Services

The Fono is now delivering new financial mentoring services for Pacific families across Auckland and Waitemata.

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Make a difference to Pacific youth

on 23/01/2017

Make a difference to Pacific youth

OCA are looking for a tutor in Level 3 Business Administration Skills as well as a school-to-industry training Programme Leader to join their dedicated team.

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Weighing In – Enua Ola Aiga Challenge

on 07/12/2016

Weighing In – Enua Ola Aiga Challenge

The fourth Enua Ola Aiga Challenge Prize Giving was one to remember, with 16 prizes and 17 winners awarded.

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2016 Needs and Satisfaction Survey Results

on 05/12/2016

2016 Needs and Satisfaction Survey Results

The results of our 2016 Needs and Satisfaction Survey are in. Here we provide an overview of the feedback provided by our service users.

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Diabetes Action Month

on 16/11/2016

Diabetes Action Month 2016

Anyone can get diabetes*. The Fono is here to help you to understand the risks, recognise the symptoms, manage the disease and provide ongoing support and treatment.

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$100 vouchers - PROMISE Study

on 14/11/2016

$100 voucher - PROMISE Study

Would you like to receive a $100 voucher? Are you a Pacific woman? Are you aged 20-40 years old? Are you NOT pregnant and NOT breastfeeding? Do you have NO chronic illness such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer?

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Older People's Group Show Day Celebration - 11 November

on 14/11/2016

Older People's Group Show Day Celebration

On Friday 11 November The Fono celebrated with our Older People's Group Show Day at Nafanua Church Hall in Avondale, acknowledging the achievements of our Pacific elders who participate in 5 of our groups.

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The Fono Family Fun Day - 12 November

on 14/11/2016

The Fono Family Fun Day - 12 November 2016

We had another great Fono event celebrating the health and well being of our children and families at the Waitemata Rugby Clubrooms on Saturday 12 November 2016.

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2016-17 Holiday Hours

on 07/11/2016

2016-17 Holiday Hours

The Fono will be operating a reduced service over the 2016-17 Christmas and New Year period. All services will fully resume as normal from Monday 16 January 2017.

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The Fono Wins Pacific Employer Award

on 31/10/2016

The Fono Wins Pacific Employer Award

The Fono has won The Pacific Business Employer Award, announced at the 10th National Pacific Business Trust Awards held at the Langham Hotel on Friday 28 October.

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World Obesity Day 2016: Addressing Child Obesity

on 10/10/2016

World Obesity Day 2016: Addressing Child Obesity

World Obesity Day 2016 is on Tuesday 11 October and this year’s theme is a call to end childhood obesity. The Fono is right behind the cause, working to provide and support practical solutions to help our communities achieve and maintain a healthy weight and reverse the obesity crisis.

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North Shore’s Pacific families to benefit from new services

on 03/10/2016

North Shore’s Pacific families to benefit from new services

Pacific families living on the North Shore will now benefit from community-based services delivered by The Fono, Auckland’s largest Pacific-owned health provider. The Fono officially opened a new location on Saturday 1 October at Raeburn House in the Northcote Shopping Centre.

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Pacific GPs on the Rise

on 27/09/2016

Pacific GPs on the Rise

The Fono is supporting young Pacific General Practitioners (GPs) to become Fellows of The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) through the general practice education programme (GPEP).

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Manurewa Family Doctors merges with The Fono

on 31/08/2016

Manurewa Family Doctors merges with The Fono

Following the retirement of Drs Colin and Clarice Bennett, Manurewa Family Doctors at 9 Halver Road have merged with The Fono South at 7 Halver Road.

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The Fono comes to the Shore

on 30/08/2016

The Fono comes to the Shore

The Fono has opened a new location on the North Shore and will deliver a number of services to local families.

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A new way to stop smoking

on 26/08/2016

A new way to stop smoking

Do you want to stop smoking but don’t know how? There’s a NEW way to stop smoking that’s free, fun and that works.

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Service Innovation: The Fono Family Violence Services

on 23/08/2016

Service Innovation: The Fono Family Violence Services

The Fono delivers a Pacific family violence crisis intervention service and a community mobilisation ‘stop family violence’ programme. At the inaugural Pasefika Proud National Pacific Community Leaders Fono, the family violence service was presented as part of a panel session on service innovations. Here we share the details about the service and how The Fono is supporting Pacific families to be stronger and free of family violence.

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Oral Health Month – healthy habits, healthy smiles

on 18/07/2016

Oral Health Month

We’re halfway through July, National Oral Health Month, and this year’s theme is ‘Healthy Habits for Healthy Smiles!’

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Stop Smoking Service - Auckland & Waitemata

on 04/07/2016

Stop Smoking Service - Auckland & Waitemata

The Fono in partnership with ProCare and Ngati Whatua Orakei Whai Maia Limited, are pleased to have the opportunity to deliver the new, regional Stop Smoking Service in the Auckland & Waitemata DHB regions. Supporting people to be smokefree is the aim of the service.

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Continuity of care in Manurewa

on 30/06/2016

Continuity of care in Manurewa

The relationship between doctor and patient is one that is special and unique. Providing a continuity of care to the varied and complex needs of patients, while taking a caring approach, takes a special kind of General Practitioner (GP).

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Looking after our matua (elders)

on 16/06/2016

Looking after our matua (elders)

In our Pacific communities our elders; or matua matutua, metua, matu’a, kaumatua, kara, luluai; are given the utmost respect or fa’aaloalo. That’s why the concept of elder abuse is so foreign to us. Unfortunately, it is a serious issue and there are cases of elder abuse within our Pacific communities.

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Healthier, stronger men grown together

on 14/06/2016

Healthier, stronger men grown together

Men’s Health Week 2016 (June 13 – 19) highlighted that there’s no time like the present to become more aware of the health of our men.

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Living healthy and smokefree

on 09/06/2016

Living healthy and smokefree

Bermuda Pongi, of Tongan descent, started smoking when she was 17 years old. Smoking was a part of her life, habits, and social interaction with her friends. But thanks to The Fono’s involvement in the Wero Challenge, the 32-year-old has been smoke-free since March.

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Smokefree - It's about whanau

on 27/05/2016

Smokefree - It's about whānau

World Smokefree Day (WSFD) on 31 May 2016 is about celebrating and working towards smokefree / auahi kore lives for New Zealanders. The theme for this year is 'It's about whānau'. The Fono is right behind World Smokefree Day encouraging people in our communities who smoke to give up the habit, which will see their health and lifestyle improve dramatically.

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National Health Notice: Measles case is confirmed in traveller

on 10/05/2016

National Health Notice: Measles case is confirmed in traveller

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has issued a health advisory notice confirming a case of measles in a traveller who flew from Rarotonga on April 24 arriving in Auckland at 06:10 on April 25 on Jet Star flight JQ130.

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Immunise for protection against serious illness

on 26/04/2016

Immunise for protection against serious illness

It’s Immunisation Week this week. Immunisation provides protection for our families and communities against a range of communicable diseases, and is considered to be one of the most cost-effective public health interventions.

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Improving wellness while living with long-term conditions

on 26/04/2016

Improving wellness while living with long-term conditions

Do you have a long-term condition/s such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mental illness or kidney disease? As our population ages and people are increasingly managing more than one condition, The Fono’s role in supporting people to self-manage is a critical part of how we support our communities. Here we provide some tips / principles for self-management of long-term conditions (LTCs).

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The Fono commends fluoridation law change

on 14/04/2016

The Fono commends fluoridation law change

Decision-making powers for fluoridating water supplies will be transferred from local council to the District Health Boards. It is hoped the change will help to combat NZ’s high rates of avoidable tooth decay and The Fono’s Clinical Director of Dental is thrilled about the decision.

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New family violence intervention service

on 13/04/2016

New family violence intervention service

Sadly, family violence is a serious and prevalent issue for many Pacific families in West Auckland, with around 35 incidents being reported to the Police every week. In response to this serious issue, The Fono is now able to offer specialised social work support to affected families.

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Kick Diabetes this World Health Day

on 07/04/2016

Kick Diabetes this World Health Day

Simple lifestyle measures have been shown to be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. The Fono is encouraging people to take preventative action this World Health Day by beating Diabetes.

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A convenient pack to stay on track

on 22/03/2016

A convenient pack to stay on track

Patients of The Fono West in Henderson are about to benefit from receiving personalised ‘blister packs’ at The Fono pharmacy, minutes after their GP appointment, enabling them to stick to their daily medication schedule.

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After hours medical help at The Fono

on 14/03/2016

After hours medical help at The Fono

The Fono provides free after-hours medical advice via phone. If you need healthcare when we are closed call our registered nurses for free medical advice.

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Zika virus and risks to pregnant women

on 04/02/2016

Zika virus and risks to pregnant women

There are growing concerns regarding the mosquito-borne Zika virus and the impact it can have on infected people. The Ministry of Health is warning about the risks of infection in pregnancy.

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Well, safe, vibrant and informed communities

on 02/02/2016

Well, safe, vibrant and informed communities

When our founders started a small clinic in the late 1980’s, I’m sure none of them could have dared to imagine just how far The Fono has come in less than 30 years.

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Payment Policy Changes – From 5 January 2016

on 16/12/2015

Payment Policy Changes – From 5 January 2016

From the 5th January 2016 changes to The Fono’s payment policy will apply.

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Creating Healthy Babies for Healthy Futures

on 09/12/2015

Creating Healthy Babies for Healthy Futures

As a leader in Pacific health, The Fono knows more needs to be done to counteract diseases such as diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure) and obesity before people reach adulthood. The Healthy babies Healthy Futures Pacific programme, co-ordinated by Maria Kumitau aims to change that.

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Yoga – benefitting mother and baby

on 30/11/2015

Yoga – benefitting mother and baby

Pregnant Samoan mothers attending the Pacific Healthy Babies Healthy Futures Workshops are discovering the benefits of yoga classes.

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World COPD Day

on 17/11/2015

World COPD Day

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a non-contagious lung disease that progressively robs its sufferers of breath. According to the NZ Asthma Foundation, it affects an estimated 15% of our adult population (at least 200 000 New Zealanders) over the age of 45, yet most people have never heard of it.

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The Fono South’s Cornerstone Achievement

on 10/11/2015

The Fono South’s Cornerstone Achievement

The Fono South in Manurewa celebrated achieving a Cornerstone Accreditation, a Quality Standards programme set by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners for general practices in New Zealand.

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Pacific Oral Health in a State of Decay?

on 02/10/2015

Pacific Oral Health in a State of Decay?

Is Pacific oral health in a state of decay? New Clinical Director of Dental Dr Mowafaq (Mo) Amso shines a light on the disparities between Maori and Pacific oral health compared to other NZ populations, in both children and adults.

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Zero fees for under 13s

on 30/07/2015

Zero fees for under 13s

The Fono now offers zero-fee GP visits for children under 13 as part of the Governments ‘zero fees’ scheme. Children under 13 will also no longer need to pay the $5 charge for each item of prescription medicine.

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Funded flu vaccine extended as unusual flu virus strains spread across NZ

on 17/07/2015

Funded flu vaccine extended as unusual flu virus strains spread across NZ

History has come to repeat itself this winter after a strange flu pattern strikes New Zealand. There is genuine concern for the nation’s health after an unusual pattern of winter illness across the country.

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VIDEO: Government Whanau Ora Pasifika scheme

on 16/07/2015

VIDEO: Government Whanau Ora Pasifika scheme

31 Pacific providers will receive nearly 22 million dollars over the next 2 years as part of the Governments Whanau Ora Pasifika scheme. This Tagata Pasifika segment explains how The Fono has been appointed a Whanau Ora contract.

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Give your baby a healthy future

on 06/07/2015

Give your baby a healthy future

Reducing diseases such as diabetes, obesity and abnormally high blood pressure starts with children. That’s why the Healthy Babies Healthy Futures Pacific (HBHF) programme focuses on supporting Pacific families to grow healthily throughout pregnancy and the first few years of a child’s life, through better nutrition and more physical activity to reduce childhood obesity.

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Whanau Ora Pasifika scheme funding more services

on 30/06/2015

Whanau Ora Pasifika scheme funding more services

Pasifika peoples are set to see more affordable healthcare, social welfare, educational opportunities and other services following the distribution of funds in the Whanau Ora Pasifika scheme. The Fono is one of the providers to benefit from this funding.

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Pacific Families struggle in Auckland's Housing Crisis

on 16/06/2015

Pacific Families struggle in Auckland's Housing Crisis

As winter begins to bite many families are feeling the pinch, and among the biggest concerns are whether they are able to keep a roof over their heads. Tagata Pasifika interviewed The Neemia family, who are working with The Fono West.

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Bowel Cancer Awareness

on 04/06/2015

Bowel Cancer Awareness

New Zealand has one of the highest bowel cancer rates in the world, and latest figures show that in 2013 bowel cancer was the second most common cancer and the second highest cause of cancer deaths in New Zealand. Bowel cancer may occur at any age, although 90% of cases are in people aged over 50. June 2015 is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, and The Fono is encouraging patients to understand the symptoms and get checked out if you are concerned.

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First Pacific Whanau Ora service launched in Northland

on 13/04/2015

First Pacific Whanau Ora service launched in Northland

Health, social services and education provider The Fono has launched the first Northland Pacific Whanau Ora Service at the Kaikohe Memorial Hall on Friday. Whanau Ora is an inclusive approach to providing services and opportunities to families, and the service is the first of its kind specifically for Pacific families residing in Northland. In attendance were Maori Party Co-leader and Member of Parilament Hon. Marama Fox, members of the local Pacific community and the Te Hau Ora o Kaikohe Charitable Trust (now called Te Hau Ora o Ngapuhi).

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The Fono heads to the Far North

on 01/04/2015

The Fono heads to the Far North

Bringing a Pacific Whanau Ora service to the Northland town of Kaikohe will raise the profile of Pacific people far more than locals realise, says Falesiu Fotu, who has joined The Fono as a Whanau Ora Navigator at the newly established Northland office in Kaikohe.

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Five reasons to enrol – become part of The Fono family and reap the rewards

on 26/02/2015

Five reasons to enrol – become part of The Fono family and reap the rewards

$33 – that’s how much you can save each time you visit your GP if you’re enrolled at The Fono and over 18 years old, rather than visiting as a casual patient. Plus, you receive priority appointments, continuity of care with your GP and access to a wider range of free services offered at The Fono. Here are five reasons you should enrol at The Fono.

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Partnership brings The Fono into Education

on 13/02/2015

Partnership brings The Fono into Education

Bringing the C-Me Mentoring Trust into The Fono fanau is another significant step towards adding a key component to The Fono’s extending range of holistic services offered to communities. The partnership completes the circle of Whanau Ora based services delivered by The Fono, which aim to build the capability and capacity of Pacific families.

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Creating Healthy Babies

on 03/11/2014

Creating Healthy Babies

The Fono healthcare workers see the heavy burden non-communicable diseases (not passed from person to person) within the Pacific community have placed on services. The Fono knows more needs doing to counteract diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity before people reach adulthood. So we’ve launched a new service Pacific Maternal and Infant Nutrition, led and co-ordinated by Aivi Puloka.

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