Plunket says data analysed by the New Zealand Herald, which links poor housing with increasing numbers of children being hospitalized with preventable diseases, reflects what many Plunket nurses are seeing each and every day. “Plunket is welcomed in to 9 in 10 homes of families with newborns and our nurses and health workers regularly see young children getting sick time and again from illnesses caused by living in cold, damp, overcrowded housing,” said Plunket’s Chief Executive Amanda Malu. “Young children’s health and wellbeing is bearing the brunt of the housing crisis and this is an unacceptable cost.
The first knock on a door opens a new story. Some families need support, some advice, some an encouraging voice, but all benefit from the community support Plunket provides. As part of our ongoing commitment to making sure the services provided by Plunket are the very best they can be, we spoke to Plunket nurses from top of the North to bottom of the South.
Breastfeeding rates in New Zealand are increasing slowly, according to Plunket data released during World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August). Plunket says in 2015 and in 2016, 87. 5% of babies aged between 2 and 6 weeks received breast milk, a figure 1.