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Pacific families and frontline workers’ experience of COVID-19

Publication date: 4 June 2021

The Ministry of Health has established a framework for developing a Pacific evidence base for COVID-19. A core pillar of this is rapid insight mapping of the Pacific community’s experiences. As part of this, the Ministry’s Pacific Health team commissioned a team of independent Pacific researchers to conduct a qualitative study among Pacific families and frontline workers in Auckland.

The research explored what mattered to Pacific families during the two significant COVID‑19 outbreaks in Aotearoa in 2020 (namely, the 1st outbreak on 25 March 2020 and the 2nd Auckland 11 August 2020 outbreak), and why. The research recognises the diversity of Pacific peoples living in Aotearoa and aims to explore the implications of that diversity for programme responses to COVID-19.

The need to understand these impacts is crucial to not only inform future response and management strategies, but also to create a realistic vision for Pacific communities’ path to recovery.

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