Haiti: UNESCO publishes comic book to help fight cholera and to promote hand washing
Port-au-Prince 30-11-2011 - UNESCO, in support of the Ministry of Health (Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population, MSPP) and the Ministry of Education (Ministère de l’Education Nationale et de la Formation Professionnelle, MENFP), has published a comic book to raise awareness amongst youth with regard to cholera and to encourage hand washing.
This 44-page comic book is an adaptation of the animated films previously produced with the MSPP and broadcasted on public and private television channels in Haiti. Like the animated films, the comic strip features a character already famous in Haiti, called Ti Joel. Through short stories, Ti Joel explains in a didactic and visual manner, methods to protect oneself from cholera (in school), how to purify water and prepare oral serum, and he reminds the reader of the importance of non-discrimination towards the sick. The comic book also emphasizes the importance of hand washing, the most inexpensive and effective means to prevent cholera, diarrhea and pneumonia.
The comic ends with a questionnaire in Creole and in French, whereby the correct answers are mentioned on the last page, so the reader can check if the key points have been well understood. The questionnaire aims to promote the learning of correct behaviour regarding cholera and hand washing and to develop interactivity between teachers, community leaders and young Haitians.
UNESCO has printed an initial 5,000 copies of the comic book for distribution by MENFP, UNICEF and PAHO/WHO and other partners in schools, in child friendly spaces in IDP camps, in recreational and community centres, as well as in libraries, among scouts and in cholera treatment facilities.
Contact : Mehdi Benchelah – Communication and Information Consultant UNESCO Port-au-Prince.
Phone: + (509) 34 96 43 34 - 34 45 12 07
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