January 27 2020

For the third consecutive year, young people from different Pacific island states and territories have the opportunity to spread prevention and control messages for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) using different media, thanks to the Wake Up! Project, launched in 2017, with financial support from the Pacific Fund (France) and the Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC).

Wake up! Workshop

Well-known for its landscapes, authentic and welcoming population, the Pacific region is also sadly famous because of the high rate of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). NCDs are today the main cause of death in the Pacific. To help tackle this regional health crisis, the Public Health Division of the Pacific Community (SPC) began the Wake Up project.

April 7 2018

Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) do not receive an appropriate level of attention and have become a ‘silent killer’, as some specialists describe it. On World Health Day 2018, and in partnership with UNDP, SPC is releasing 6 short movies created by youths of the Pacific to reach out to their peers on that question.

September 10 2018

The goal of the Wake up! project is to get younger generations involved in efforts to control non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by providing them with an opportunity to speak out on this topic through the media and the arts.

Following the project’s initial success in 2017, the Pacific Community (SPC), in partnership with the regional United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office, decided to do it again in 2018.

August 14 2018

The Pacific Islands are well known for their root crops, traditional meals and customary cooking styles. In this unique part of the world, food is often prepared by digging a hole in the ground and burying raw natural crops and meat or fish with hot stones to create an ‘earth oven’. This style of cooking has provided an organic and healthy diet for many generations. However, traditions are changing, and modern development has had a major impact on health in the region.

May 17 2018

The Pacific Community (SPC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji through the Wake Up! Project are launching a graphic design contest for youth from the Pacific to raise awareness on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their risk factors.

Young people between 18 to 30 years old from the Pacific are eligible to enter the competition, which is co-funded by the Pacific Fund, SPC and UNDP. Winners will receive training in street art (graffiti or mural painting) and work with professional graffiti artists to produce their own mural paintings.

April 4 2017

Photo: Dave Hebblethwaite, SPC

The Pacific Community (SPC) and the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji are inviting youth in participating Pacific countries and territories to develop and submit proposals for video projects designed to sensitize the youth population on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their risk factors.