Coronavirus (633) Two adaptable animations about COVID-19 for Africa and Asia

20 May, 2020

Two adaptable animations about COVID-19 for information, community organising, broadcast or whatsapp groups in multiple languages for Africa and Asia.

Picturing Health made these animations in collaboration with clinical trial teams and community organisers. The graphics are simple and easy to adapt to different languages and settings.

All about COVID-19: Advice for Communities. What is coronavirus? How does it spread? How does hand washing and physical distancing help? What are the symptoms? Who is most at risk of serious illness? This short animation answers these questions. There are versions for Asia and Africa.

Protecting the Elderly from Coronavirus. How can the elderly and others most at risk from COVID-19 be protected in Africa? The demographics show that most over 60-year-olds live in rural areas. They often play a vital part in raising children, whose parents are away working or who have been orphaned by the HIV epidemic. Modelling of the epidemic in Malawi suggests that finding ways to protect the elderly should be a priority to save lives and avoid a double tragedy for many of the most vulnerable children and young people. But most older people live in multi-generational households, often sleeping in the same space, posing a great challenge. This short animation lays out the problem communities face from coronavirus and encourages them to find local solutions.

We need help voicing up translations (contacts with radio stations who can do it easily are best) and with making more local versions. We have translated into nine languages (Hindi, Tamil, Tibetan, Chichewa, Shona, RunyanKole, Luganda, Icibemba, Rutooro) and are translating into another ten (including Swahili, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Nande and Hausa).

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We have more than 60 films about many topics on our website. We will be creating more films about COVID-19. All films can be downloaded and used for free.

Thanks to BrightCarbon for donating time to create the animations and Translators without Borders.

HIFA profile: Tom Gibb is a Film-maker for Films for Health in the UK. Professional interests: I am a former BBC journalist. For the last eight years I have been working with Africa health workers and film makers to produce health related films in Africa. These include documentaries about clinical trials partnered by the Medical Research Council-Clinical Trials Unit; training films for clinicians; education films for patients; and films to challenge attitudes and promote discussion and change in communities. tomgibb10 AT