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. First launched in 2017 with the financial support of the Australian Department of foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Pacific French Funds, Wake Up aimed to educate youth on NCDs and train them on communication techniques to raise awareness about NCDs in their communities.
Following the project’s success in 2017 and 2018, SPC will send out a call for applications for the 2019 round. This year, the participants will focus on raising NCDs awareness through comics.
To find out more, visit this link.
More info on the WAKE UP! project :
- 2019 Project call (teaser)
- Wake Up! 2017 (video)
- Wake Up! 2018 (street art)
Solène Bertrand-Protat, Non-Communicable Diseases Advisor, Public Health Division, Pacific Community (SPC) | Email: Solenebspc.int