Alliance Health Plus: Leading the fight against Rheumatic Fever

“Absolutely brilliant” is what Lita Foliaki, Pacific Planning and Funding Manager- Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) describes the work being carried out by Alliance Health Plus (AH+) in their fight to reduce the alarming rates of Rheumatic Fever among Pasifika.

“We have seen our service grow to multiple events carried out throughout churches, schools and communities in Auckland. We believe we have found the formula for delivering successful communications to our people and getting them to understand and act upon the messaging around Rheumatic Fever” says Sinia Saafi, Team Leader of Pacific Integration Development Services (PIDS) team of AH+.

The strategy has seen over 12,000 reported individual participants involved in the innovation projects- not including thousands more who have heard through word-of-mouth about the key messages around Rheumatic Fever. The PIDS team encourage and work alongside schools, community groups and churches to provide funding on how to formulate, take ownership and lead events such as singing competitions, theatre or poetry recitals that suit their respective audiences on Rheumatic Fever education.