There is now one-off funding available to support Pacific community groups to create and put into action their own ideas to improve awareness and help to reduce rheumatic fever.
Rheumatic fever amongst our Pacific people
Rheumatic fever is a preventable disease that occurs in some people following an infection of the throat with Group A Streptococcus.
If left untreated the infection can lead to an autoimmune response that may permanently damage the heart through the development of rheumatic heart disease (RHD).
Rheumatic fever and RHD is a disease that disproportionately affects Māori and Pacific children.
In 2013 it was identified that Pacific people were 166 times more likely than non-Māori and non-Pacific to be hospitalised for rheumatic fever.
Funding is available to help Pacific community groups implement their ideas to improve awareness and help to reduce rheumatic fever
By implementing a range of small community innovations we can improve awareness of rheumatic fever to help prevent it.
The purpose of this Community Innovation Funding is to implement innovative initiatives from Pacific community groups to help support the Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme.
This contestable funding will be made available in the form of one-off ‘Investments’ of up to $25,000, depending on the idea. It is expected that the initiatives will be implemented within the first 6 months of the Agreement being signed.
Who can apply for the Community Innovation Funds?
- Pacific-led community group or any group who services a catchment with at least a 50% Pacific population in Auckland.
- Groups submitting proposals might be Pacific health providers, church groups, schools, sports clubs or other non-health non-government organisation or community organisation.
- Groups within the Auckland region only.
How do I apply for the Community Innovation Funds?
By sending the Ministry of Health your ideas on 5–9 pages.
How long do I have to submit my proposal?
The closing date for submissions is 8 December 2014 at 12 pm.
Where can I find more information and how to submit a proposal?
For further information refer to Fight Rheumatic Fever with the Pacific Community Innovation Fund (Word, 8.9 MB).