Beat.fever launched

A storybook app aimed at raising awareness of rheumatic fever in at-risk communities in South Auckland was launched today.

With the help of poet and performance artist Daren Kamali, health and education experts, and the team at KIWA, a group of 25 local students have created an interactive storybook app that takes a fresh approach to communicating key messages about rheumatic fever. In their own words, and to their own beat.

The storybook app was launched by Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, Associate Minister of Health, who welcomed the project as an example of innovation being encouraged in Government health promotion initiatives.

National Hauora Coalition (NHC) leads the rheumatic fever prevention programme for Counties Manukau Health. NHC Clinical Director Dr Rawiri Jansen says: β€œThe initiative is really about giving voice and ownership to rangatahi – we are really excited to have young people informing the rheumatic fever prevention programme.”

This is the story about how young people in Counties Manukau are beating rheumatic fever. Told in their ‘beat’, using technology as the enabler.

The free app is now available on the App Store and Google Play.

Picture: Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, Associate Minister of Health and students of Southern Cross Campus