Using community theatre to promote diabetes education and prevention in Fiji (ST12-007)

Last update: 19/04/2017
  • Location :
    Topic :
    Duration :
    December 1, 2012 - December 31, 2014
    Main Institution :
    The University of the South Pacific (Fiji)
    Other institution :
    Georgia Southwestern State University (USA)
    Principal investigator :
    Philip Szmedra
    Other investigator :
    Anand Chand; Cathy Leffel Rozmus; Thomas DeTitta;
    Amount allocated :
    USD 65.000
    Objectives :
    Previous research that we have undertaken in the South Pacific has shown that people being treated for diabetes pay little heed to brochures, pamphlets, or posters most commonly used by Health Ministries to provide public health information. We propose to transmit the message of healthy lifestyles through Community Theater (CT), using professional actors to dramatize practical approaches in dealing with illness and best methods to prevent falling victim to diabetes. These professionals will audition local community members to establish a network of CT cells in Fiji to ensure the sustainability of the concept and its ability to address the increasingly severe problem of diabetes in the South Pacific region.


  • World Diabetes Congress, Melbourne (Australia),December 2013,
  • "The diabetic epidemic: new education tools", University of Georgia, School of Public Health; Athens, Georgia, (USA), September 2014
  • Association of Third World Studies Annual meetings, Denver (USA), October 2014
  • World Congress on Public Heatlh, Kolkata (India), February 2015
  • Association of Third World Studies Annual meetings, Quito (Ecuador), November 2015
  • World Diabetes Congress, Vancouver (Canada), December 2015


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