Using community theatre to promote diabetes education and prevention in Fiji

A group of US researchers base their hypothesis to improve diabetes outcomes on the anonymous statement above – one that encapsulates the power of community theatre. The underlying premise is to involve people in the educational process, establish a connection in which people feel comfortable and are entertained, and feel that the message that is being transmitted is one that they can accept easily and, crucially, incorporate into their daily lives. Attempts by ministries of health in the Pacific Island region to encourage behaviour-change in order to help prevent diabetes and/or improve diabetes management and overall wellbeing have not been successful. The author of this article believes that a well-executed community theatre programme may help improve the lives of Pacific Island peoples affected by diabetes.