Using Community Theatre to Promote Diabetes Education and Prevention in Fiji (ST12-007)

Main institution:
The University of the South Pacific  (Fiji)

Other institution:
Georgia Southwestern State University (USA)

Principal investigator:
Philip Szmedra

Other investigators:
Anand Chand; Cathy Leffel Rozmus; Thomas DeTitta;

Location of the project:

Amount allocated:
USD 65.000

December 2012 - December 2014


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.

Results to date

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

Interactive theatre joins the fight against diabetes in Fiji (ABC Radio Australia, December 6, 2013)


BRIDGES (Bringing Research in Diabetes to Global Environments and Systems) is a programme initiated by the International Diabetes Federation, and supported by an educational grant from Lilly Diabetes.