17 Apr 2016

Katherine Clarke - Whakawhetu: Helping Our Most Vulnerable

From Sunday Morning, 8:40 am on 17 April 2016

An advocate for children's health says more needs to be done to reduce the number of Maori babies dying suddenly and unexpectedly.

Maori make up more than 60-percent of sudden infant deaths in New Zealand.

Child advocacy group Whakawhetu's national manager, Katherine Clarke, told Sunday Morning that in the two regions where the issue had been prioritised, there had been a fall in the number of deaths.

She said the Ministry of Health was now asking other regions to make addressing the problem a priority.

"We're really pleased that the Ministry of Health, and they've said: 'We'll let's now focus on 15 DHB regions, make it a priority, and then...we'll monitor the decline'."

Listen to Katherine Clarke speaking with Wallace Chapman: