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1. To promote improvements in the quality of, and access to, healthcare and health promotion in South Asians.
2. To promote research that leads to the above objectives
SAHF Children's Working Group Inaugural Meeting
The first meeting of the Children’s Working Group was held at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham on Thursday 21st November. This was a morning event, part of the 2 day SAHF Annual Meeting.
The meeting was divided into 2 main sections dealing with Collaborative Community Engagement and Relevant Clinical Issues. Topics addressed during the wide-ranging programme illustrated the need for such a focus on the health needs of UK South Asian children.
South Asian children with asthma are more likely to require hospital admission, and we heard about the Management and Interventions for Asthma (MIA) project. The positive role of Community Facilitators, and of Community Champions in another setting, was encouraging. We also heard about work to improve communication with young people from many different backgrounds.
The birth cohort study, Born in Bradford, gives an opportunity to contrast and compare health experiences in the major ethnic groupings. 39% of recent Bradford births were recorded as White British, while 45% were of Pakistani heritage. While Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is reduced in Pakistani babies, congenital anomalies are increased. Different infant feeding practices and access to exercise are also significant topics for ongoing study.
Recent public health emphasis on the prevention of melanoma may have led to a reduction in Vitamin D levels in UK children. This may have a negative impact on the health of children across all ethnicities, but is a more significant problem in children of South Asian origin.
Although numbers attending were rather low, it was felt that there were many benefits in focusing on the health needs of UK South Asian children, and bringing together clinicians and researchers.