13.07.2011 - Education Sector

UNESCO fights cholera in Haiti with educational cartoons

©UNESCO & Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health and Population

Ti-Joël, a famous Haitian cartoon character, stars in six animated educational films that show young people how to avoid and treat cholera.

Produced by UNESCO and Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health and Population, the two-minute cartoons show Ti-Joël in everyday situations - in school, playing football or visiting a sick friend. He explains how to avoid the hazards of cholera, purify water and prepare oral serum. The films also stresses the importance of not discriminating against people with cholera.  

The videos have been shown in schools and broadcast on Haitian National Television (TNH) and private channels. They can also be found online media and social networking sites.  

Children and young people are particularly vulnerable to cholera. Through these videos, UNESCO is targeting this sector of the population, while taking Haiti’s socio-cultural context into account.  

The onset of the rainy season has led to an upsurge in the cholera epidemic in Haiti. In June, the Ministry of Public Health and the Population announced that it was stepping up the campaign against cholera.

Look at the films (in Haitian Creole with French subtitles)

Cholera in Haiti: Film 1

Cholera in Haiti: Film 2

Cholera in Haiti: Film 3

Education in Emergencies: Preparedness, Response, Recovery


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