The sad and avoidable death of another baby has a leading academic calling for healthy homes to be made a matter of national importance.
A coroner's report blames the death of a four-month-old undernourished Northland boy on an acute infection, caused by unsafe sleeping conditions.
A Northland GP says the child picked up an infection and died because he was living in poverty, in a house with ten people.
Otago University's Philippa Howden-Chapman says this kind of preventable death is seen all around New Zealand.
She says affordable homes aren't seen as being of national significance and roads come ahead of housing.
Ms Howden-Chapman says when people are cold their immune system doesn't work as well, and babies are even more susceptible.
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