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Urgent Actions to Reduce Stroke Burden on Pacific People in New Zealand

12 months
Approved budget:
Dr Malakai Ofanoa
Health issue:
Proposal type:
Māori and Pacific Health Development Grant
Lay summary
Stroke is in the top three causes of death worldwide (Johnston, 2009). Over the last twenty years in New Zealand, stroke incidence among Pacific people has increased by 66% as compared to 19% decrease in New Zealand Europeans (Feigin et al, 2006). Pacific people have 60% greater risk of all strokes and almost three times greater risk of intracerebral haemorrhage (ICG) than the New Zealand Europeans (Feigin et al, 2006). Pacific people have their strokes at almost ten years younger age as compared with New Zealand Europeans (Carter et al, 2006). Stroke prevention is a top priority issue among Pacific population here in New Zealand. The primary purpose of this proposal is to support the planning, scoping and development of a new health promotion and community development research project on stroke prevention via the health and well-being stream. The new project is planned to be submitted to the Health and Wellbeing investment stream in the next HRC's Annual Contestable Funding Round. The main focus of this proposal is to establish connectivity, network and linkages with expertise in stroke, stroke foundations and organizations, District Health Boards and Pacific Primary Health Organizations (PHOs). Hence, the funds requested will be used to obtain independent and reputable expert advice, as well as in conducting health sector engagement and community consultations, and accessing resources critical to the proposal development.