Study shows Mana Kidz school-based sore throat and health programme a success.
A recent study by Anderson and colleagues (1) published in the NZ Medical Journal has confirmed the Mana Kidz school-based health programme is making a substantial contribution to healthcare for more than 24,000 children across 61 schools in South Auckland.
The programme includes:
- identification and treatment of sore throats to prevent rheumatic fever,
- identification and management of skin infections,
- identification of other health needs such as hearing, vision or child protection concerns.
An evaluation was undertaken and showed key outcomes included:
- increased health literacy,
- reduced prevalence of Group A Streptococcus and severe skin infections,
- likely to have significantly reduced hospitalisations for acute rheumatic fever,
- increased children and whānau engagement with health services,
- a workforce that is culturally competent with positive, trusting relationships with children, families and schools.
The evaluation was conducted between August to December, 2014 and collated evidence concerning service delivery, outcomes, value for money and effectiveness.
To read the full article, visit NZMJ January 2016
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- Anderson, P. King, J. Moss, M. et al. Nurse-led school-based clinics for rheumatic fever prevention and skin infection management: evaluation of Mana Kidz programme in Counties Manukau. NZMJ Vol 129 No 1428: 8 Jan 2016 | 6782. Abstract