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Rheumatic fever app gets Samoan translation

07 June 2017

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An application aimed at raising rheumatic fever awareness has officially been launched in the Samoan language.

The Beat.fever app was launched in October last year in English and Te Reo Maori to help raise awareness of the illness.  

Beat.fever

The Beat.fever app to raise awareness of rheumatic fever, has been launched in Samoan.

The interactive tool is funded by the Counties Manukau District Health Board and created by a group of South Auckland youth. 

Chief Executive of Kiwa Digital, Steven Renata, says the new translation will be more accessible for Samoan speakers. 

"It's a digital story that's relevant to them and their languages and the way they see the world," he says. 

Maori and Pacific children and young people have the highest rates of rheumatic fever in the country. 

Renata says they've identified that Maori and Pacific groups are also one of the most active groups online. 

"We're excited to see this go viral," he says. "These types of stories take on another level of authenticity and integrity when they're told in their indigenous language."

Renata says if budget allows, they will look into launching the app in other Pacific languages. 

"Our goal and passion is to be culturally inclusive and have as many languages as feasible," he says.

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