- New Zealand
This is the story about how young people in South Auckland in New Zealand are beating Rheumatic Fever. Told in their ‘beat’.
In October 2016 a group of 25 South Auckland students came together to design, write, illustrate and record a poem about how to prevent rheumatic fever in their community.
With the help of poet and performance artist Daren Kamali, health and education experts, and the team from KIWA, the students created an interactive storybook app that takes a fresh approach to communicating key messages. Learn more about the workshop here
Making of Beat.fever
The project was funded by the Rheumatic Fever Māori Community Fund.
Beat.fever has audio and text in English and te Reo Maori, with some other languages mixed in, and is rich in the expression and idiom of its authors. As the students say, LISTEN UP, there are important messages here.
The app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play.