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New Zealand Specific Healthcare Question 5
The incidence of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is associated with co-sleeping with parents. A Maori led health initiative has argued for the funding of Pepi-pods, a protected sleep space to allow for safer co-sleeping with babies. The ministry of health denied public funding for Pepi-pods on the basis that there was no good quality research on how well they worked. They have since reversed this decision. Discuss the need for Maori-led initiatives in New Zealand.