Women living in peri urban communities in Fiji have some of the highest rates of noncommunicable diseases in the world. During behaviour change research we found that a major issue preventing women from taking part in sport and physical activity was the threat of violence and ridicule by men. The design process was able to overcome the issue through extensive consultation with all levels of village hierarchy, a design that considered timing, location, collaboration, shared value and reputation of the program, use of Fiji Women's Crisis Centre's male advocate program, communications plans and monitoring 

GameChangers was involved by: 

  • Securing a start up grant and subsequent 2 year funding. 

  • Working with the Fiji Volleyball Federation to undertake scoping and design.

  • Collaborating with local providers to undertake formative behaviour change research in villages. 

  • Designing partnerships with local health, gender and welfare providers. 

  • Support program monitoring and evaluation. 

  • Overseeing implementation for the the first 6 months and mentoring thereafter. 

Read about Volleyball Partnerships for Health winning a Beyond Sport Award for Sport Federation Governing Body of the Year