AWHI Healthy Homes Initiative
He kāinga ora, he tīmatanga pai
Healthy homes give tamariki the best start in life
Many illnesses, including acute rheumatic fever and respiratory tract infections, are linked to poorly ventilated, cold, damp and overcrowded homes. These illnesses particularly affect tamariki. Whānau who live in healthy homes are less likely to be exposed to these preventable illnesses.
AWHI is a free initiative that works to improve housing conditions for whānau in South Auckland and Waikato.
At the heart of the AWHI programme is equipping whānau with the skills, confidence and knowledge to create homes that are healthy, safe, warm and dry. The AWHI team achieves this by connecting whānau with local service and community providers who offer assistance ranging from minor repairs, access to resources like bedding, curtains and heaters to providing advice, support and education.
AWHI makes a difference to the hauora of whānau in South Auckland. The programme has successfully contributed to decreased hospitalisations for respiratory tract illness with whānau themselves reporting less sickness in their homes overall.
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