Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) is the leading cause of preventable mortality in New Zealand infants. Māori and Pacific infants have consistently higher rates of SUDI compared to non-Māori and non-Pacific infants.

A “complete refresh” is needed to address the high number of Māori and Pacific infants dying from sudden unexplained death in infancy (SUDI), according to a new series of reports.

The Ministry of Health released three reports on Tuesday on the findings and recommendations of an analysis of 64 infant deaths between July 2019 and June 2020 that are likely SUDI cases.

As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, Whānau Āwhina Plunket and the National SUDI Prevention Coordination Service are reminding whānau to make every sleep a safe sleep for precious pēpi this winter.

Māori health providers are hoping a new pilot programme will be the key to reducing infant deaths.

Hāpai Te Hauora, Aotearoa's largest Māori public health organisation, working with community health providers, is leading a series of wānanga that connects with hapū māmā and supports them on being smoke-free.

In 1997 I heard a talk by Lois Arnold, who started milk banking in North America, and thought, “That sounds easy, and useful.” Another acquaintance told me about the milk bank in Ireland that occupied a room the size of a large bathroom, which put the resources into perspective.  However I was living in Zimbabwe at the time and things were unsettled, so I didn’t pursue it.

Elements of protection in SUDI Prevention and ensuring mokopuna and pēpi are the best version of themselves by being the best version of ourselves.

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Te Ra Mokopuna: National Safe Sleep Day Aotearoa is being held on Friday 3rd December 2021 across the motu proudly coordinated by the National SUDI Prevention Coordination Service at Hapai Te Hauora.