16 June 2014
The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine endorses the
Tick for Kids campaign "It takes a child to raise a country", that
is being launched tomorrow, aimed at raising awareness of
children's health and wellbeing. The NZCPHM considers healthy
children to be a fundamental prerequisite for a healthy and
prosperous New Zealand.
New Zealand's current investment in children is insufficient to
reduce the impact of poverty on their health and wellbeing, says
the NZCPHM. New Zealand spends less than half of the OECD average
on children aged up to five.
The NZCPHM says the impact that poverty has on child health is
reflected in the high rates of certain health conditions in NZ,
compared to other developed countries.
"NZ has one of the highest rates of Sudden Unexpected Death in
Infancy in the industrialised world, it has the 4th
highest rate of deaths from injury among 1-4 year olds in the OECD,
14 times the average OECD rate of rheumatic fever, 5 to 10 times
more whooping cough and pneumonia than in the US and UK, and a 4 to
6 times higher rate of child maltreatment death than OECD countries
with the lowest incidence".
The NZCPHM also wants to see nutritious meals provided at low
decile schools and continued improvements in the quality of, and
participation in, Early Childhood Education.
The NZCPHM believes the best way forward is the development and
implementation of a national, cross-sector strategy to address
child poverty including poverty measures and reduction targets.
For more information contact Jane Dancer, NZCPHM General
Manager: 021 800 418
Download the media release here.