Coronavirus (233) SAWBO COVID-19 Animation and Building a WhatsApp Network to Share Educational Content

26 March, 2020

Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO) has released the animation “Protecting Yourself Against Coronavirus”. SAWBO routinely creates such educational content in as many languages as possible and then releases it to anyone who can help to distribute it globally.

The link for the current English version video (which was released two days ago) can be found on YouTube at . It can be embedded in any website people deem necessary. Please share the link in your networks as you see fit.

The animation can also be downloaded (3gp files - ) and shared across global networks such as WhatsApp. If you have problems with getting the 3gp version of the video into WhatsApp, please text us at 1-(217)-218-0485 in WhatsApp (PLEASE DO NOT CALL OR SEND PICTURES). We can send you the video via the platform.

In addition, we are establishing a WhatsApp group so that as new language variants and new animations are released they can be immediately shared. This will then allow for the user group to share the new releases with their networks around the world, thus building a global “network of networks”. Please text us at 1-(217)-218-0485 in WhatsApp to join this group. PLEASE DO NOT CALL OR SEND PICTURES.

We strongly appreciate your help in sharing these animations to your networks as we all work together to combat this pandemic.

Finally, if you can help with translations and voice recordings so SAWBO can get existing and upcoming content into new languages for greater reach please contact us at


Julia Bello-Bravo and Barry Pittendrigh

Scientific Animations Without Borders

HIFA profile: Julia Bello Bravo is Assistant Director at the Center for African Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. She is also a co-founder of "Scientific Animations Without Borders" (SAWBO). juliabb AT

HIFA profile: Barry Pittendrigh is a Professor at Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO), USA. Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO) creates and deploys educational animations for low literate learners in their own languages. These animations can be downloaded from SAWBOs website and used on cell phones in educational programs. pittendr AT