Youthtown's Youth Ambassadors take up the fight against rheumatic fever

Youthtown Rheumatic Fever Ambassador

Youthtown is underway with recruiting 100 Youth Ambassadors as part of a wider Ministry of Health initiative to prevent Rheumatic Fever, while taking up some amazing development opportunities to give them a voice in their communities (application and information form HERE)

This particular Youth Ambassador Programme (YAP) has come about from findings of research done by the Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) that highlights young people’s preference to have rheumatic fever prevention messages championed by young people for young people.   

“Who better else than Maori and Pacific young people, those most affected by rheumatic fever in this country, to be advocates for rheumatic fever awareness,” says Matafanua Hilda Fa’asalele, Chief Advisor Pacific, Ministry of Health.

“Youth are telling us they want to be part of the solution to fight a serious disease that affects them. We (the Ministry of Youth Development and the Ministry of Health) are providing a means for them to do this.”

YAP supports the broader Rheumatic Fever Youth Campaign to raise awareness of Maori and Pacific youth about rheumatic fever, its symptoms and impact and ways to prevent the spread of the disease among their communities.