“It feels like a second home. ”
That is how Ashleigh feels about the Papakura Supported Playgroup, where she takes her 15-month-old daughter Hannah up to four times a week. “I started coming after the Plunket Nurse told me about it and thought it would be good for me to go along as I was at home a lot of the time and feeling overwhelmed with Hannah.
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.
Plunket is saddened this week by the passing of Te Ao Marama Wilson, who dedicated much of her life to supporting communities and improving the health of tamariki as part of Plunket. Poroporoaki farewell Haere atu ra e te whaea, hoki atu ki o maunga kārangaranga me o tīpuna haere atu ra, haere atu Moe mai ra. Te Ao Marama Wilson has closed her eyes for the last time on this Earth.
Following this morning's earthquakes we would like to advise the following:
1. Plunket's National Support Office, based in Wellington, will be closed following Civil Defence advice to stay out of the CBD so that buildings can be checked.
It’s with great pleasure that we warmly welcome Elevit® Breastfeeding to the Pick Me Help Plunket family. Elevit® Breastfeeding is the second Bayer product to join the Pick Me Help Plunket programme, with Bepanthen® Ointment joining the popular programme in July. It’s no surprise that for some mothers eating a healthy, well balanced and nutritious diet is challenging especially when breastfeeding.
Plunket urges any business or organisation with public access to provide a supportive space for breastfeeding mums. This week (1-7 August) is international Breastfeeding Week and Plunket National Advisor, Marianne Grant says “In many towns and cities around the country, mothers often struggle to find somewhere comfortable and indoors to feed their babies when they are out and about. Plunket would like to see cafes, shops, businesses, council buildings and government departments do their bit to give the next generation the best possible start in life.
Along with many New Zealanders, Plunket worries about the arrival of winter.
“At this time of the year, families on low incomes really struggle to make ends meet and often can’t afford high heating bills. We encourage all landlords and property agents to make sure their rental homes are insulated, heavy curtains have been provided to keep out drafts, and any water leaks or dampness are dealt with quickly,” said Sue Campbell, Plunket’s National Child Safety Advisor.
In case you need some inspiration for making it through the school holidays, we’ve compiled our top 5 tips for making these holidays fun for the whole family. Take advantage of the free activities around your city: Take a picnic in a local park or visit the local museum for free! There will usually be free activities on offer during school holidays, check in with your local city council or library to see what they have on offer. Make a plan: For those routine loving children, holidays can be a struggle as their world is not as predictable as during school term.
Dettol is on the search for a little star for their new Plunket fundraising campaign!
Dettol, a Plunket Pick Me Help Plunket partner for over eight years, has recently launched an exciting new campaign and is on the search for a little star to be the face of their Plunket fundraising displays which will feature in New World stores around the country in July. As part of the campaign and to raise much needed funds for Plunket, 50c from every Dettol product sold will be donated to Plunket - up to the value of $100,000! To enter a photo of your little star, go to www. ourlittlestar.
Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough or the ‘100 day cough’, is a very infectious bacterial infection characterized by coughing, and may also be accompanied by vomiting and a whooping sound. Whooping cough can last as long as 3 months and can be particularly dangerous for babies and young children. Whooping cough is cyclical in nature, with large-scale outbreaks occurring every two to five years.