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Health Sector Response to the 2019 Measles Outbreaks

Project Dates

Start Date: 1 Jan, 2021

End Date: 30 Jun, 2023


Dr Gerard Sonder

Dr Debbie Ryan


Published: In publication

Project Aim

Pacific peoples are particularly at risk from worsening wellbeing outcomes as a result of COVID-19. Key contributing factors include a high prevalence of long-term and respiratory conditions, leaving Pacific peoples vulnerable if they catch the virus. Existing barriers to healthcare (e.g. cost, health literacy, racism) have significant implications for Pacific peoples’ access to key messages, testing and healthcare. Finally, existing socioeconomic inequities experienced by Pacific communities will worsen as a result of the flow-on effects from COVID-19 (e.g. unemployment). In this study, we will identify, via repeated interviews, the key issues that 15 Pacific families faced and continue to face through the various stages of COVID-19, and how successful key initiatives are at supporting Pacific families. Key policy makers and providers will also be interviewed over the response for Pacific peoples. The findings will support community and government responses for Pacific health and wellbeing.


  • To review the Measles outbreak preparedness of the health system in Aotearoa New Zealand prior to Mach 2019

  • To analyse and report how the health system in Aotearoa New Zealand responded to the 2019 Measles outbreaks, including the supply and distribution of vaccines and how well risk groups were targeted and reached

  • To provide recommendations for improving both Measles prevention initiatives and the management of Measles cases and outbreaks

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