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Cystic Fibrosis Week – 17-23 August

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common life threatening genetic disorder affecting New Zealand children.

CF affects a number of organs in the body (especially the lungs and pancreas) by clogging them with thick, sticky mucus.  In the lungs this can cause shortness of breath, a chronic cough and repeated chest infections.  If the blockages affect the pancreas this will reduce or stop enzymes from being released to digest food, causing problems with poor weight gain and malnutrition due to malabsorption.

CFNZ aims to optimise quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis and their families, striving for normal life expectance. Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand needs your help to conduct its vital family support.

To find out more visit www.cfnz.org.nz