Have you ever seen these murals? If you are from Suva (Fiji), Nuku’alofa (Tonga), Port-Vila (Vanuatu) or Mata Utu (Wallis and Futuna), you might surely have noticed them.
The Pacific Youth have a message for you.
They want you to be concerned about the threats of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Through the initiative of the Wake up! Project, implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC) Public Health Division and funded by the Pacific French Funds and the Government of Australia (DFAT), 13 young people from the Pacific Island countries and territories have created street art messages to address NCDs in their communities.
Do you know what NCDs are?
NCDs include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease and cancer, and are a major health, social and economic development challenge for Pacific Island countries and territories. These diseases, which are highly prevalent in the region, drain government resources and have a negative impact on quality of life. Typically observed in adults, NCDs are now being increasingly diagnosed in young people. Tobacco, harmful use of alcohol, poor diets (such as diets rich in sugar, salt, fats, processed foods, and low in fruit and vegetables) combined with lack of physical exercise, are the leading risk factors for NCDs.