Respiratory infections in Tamariki (children) and Taitamariki (young people) Māori, New Zealand

Authors

  • Catherine A Byrnes,

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    1. Paediatric Department, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland
    2. Starship Children's Health, Auckland District Hospital Board
      Dr CA Byrnes, Paediatric Department, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1142, New Zealand. Fax +649 3737486; email: c.byrnes@auckland.ac.nz
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  • Adrian Trenholme

    1. Paediatric Department, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland
    2. Kidz First Hospital, Counties Manukau District Health Board, Auckland, New Zealand
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Dr CA Byrnes, Paediatric Department, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1142, New Zealand. Fax +649 3737486; email: c.byrnes@auckland.ac.nz

Abstract

The Māori population is young, with 53% aged less than 25 years and with a higher prevalence of both acute (bronchiolitis, pneumonia, pertussis, tuberculosis) and chronic (bronchiectasis) respiratory tract infections than non-Māori. Environmental, economic and poorer access to health promotion programmes and health care rather than specific or genetic underlying disorders appear to contribute to this burden. While new initiatives are needed, we can do better with current public health programmes and building on regional initiatives that have already proven successful.

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