Malaria Comic Book
According to a survey conducted by SSDI-Communication in 2012, only 20.1% of children between 5 and 14 years of age slept under bed nets. SSDI-Communication responded to a call from the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) to contribute towards malaria prevention and control by adapting a malaria-focused comic book (originally developed by Novartis) for use in schools.
The comic book tells the story of Chimwemwe, a primary school girl who suffers from malaria and is absent from school, can’t play and loses her appetite. She receives an anti-malaria drug (Artemether Lumefantrine) at a health center, completes the dosage, is healed, and her life goes back to normal. To reinforce what students have read, the book also contains other activities that include a quiz, a game and a role-play scenario.