Koira4Rukahukahu: Lungs4Life

Posted on: 13/09/21

The Northland District Health Board are happy to announce that the Koira4Rukahukahu: Lungs4Life programme was launched in partnership with Health Fund PLUS, Bronchiectasis Foundation of New Zealand (TeTuapapa Mate Rukahukaku o Aotearoa) and Northland Community Foundation on July 5th. Koira4Rukahukahu: Lungs4Life is being rolled out across all four Auckland and Northland DHBs and paves the way for an innovative new model of care for the early identification and intervention of children under two years of age at risk of chronic respiratory conditions.

The programme is designed to prevent Bronchiectasis (chronic scarring and infection of the lungs) and other preventable health conditions. It aims to reduce inequity in health outcomes for tamariki across Te Tai Tokerau and Auckland. Māori and Pasifika tamariki are disproportionately affected by Bronchiectasis and are diagnosed later with more severe diseases than other groups. Tamariki that participate in the intensive programme will be involved until they are at least five years of age.