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The Power of High Art as Vaccines Awareness Pro-APPs

Empowering Caregivers with Novel Art-Based Approach for Communicating Vaccines Safety, Building Literacy, and Improving the Public Adherence

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Describe what you intend to do and how you'll do it in one sentence (required 250 Characters)

Vaccines educational comics designed to serve as APPs containing videos, games and vaccine reminder alarm

Explain the idea (less than 2,000 characters)

Which part(s) of the world does this idea target?

  • North Africa
  • Eastern Africa
  • Middle Africa
  • Southern Africa
  • Western Africa
  • Caribbean
  • Central America
  • South America
  • Northern America
  • Central Asia
  • Eastern Asia
  • South-eastern Asia
  • Southern Asia
  • Western Asia
  • Eastern Europe
  • Northern Europe
  • Southern Europe
  • Western Europe
  • Oceania

Geographic Focus (less than 250 Characters)

Worldwide

Who are your end users and how well do you know them? (750 characters)

End users are caregivers working with GAVI, EU parliament, WHO, UNICEF, Refugees Camps, Africans Campaigns, governments in the Middle East, and the International Pediatrics Associations (IPA). I know them from actual events: conferences, expo and workshops. Others, I know them via Twitter and email/Skype communications.

How is the idea unique? (750 Characters)

Despite they are rare, Medical professionals who are talented artists, are more equipped to send an accurate, direct and simple vaccines awareness message than the rest who don’t have this combination. Today, it is the best time to call them for actions because in the 2019, the World Health Organization (for the first time in its history) declared Vaccines Hesitancy among the TOP 10 threats for the public health (246 deaths/day = 10/h from Measles, a VPD!). In fact, the root of the problem is communities’ low science literacy. While videos have been used extensively in immunization awareness campaigns, they failed to build literacy. This why our model is comics-based and made by medical experts would be a great gateway for health literacy

Idea Proposal Stage (Select 1)

  • Majority Adoption: We have expanded the pilot significantly and the program product or service has been adopted by the majority of our intended user base (i.e. 50% to 83% of the target population or 50,000 to 1,000,000 users).

How many months are required for the project idea? (140 characters)

24 months implement phase. Impact not before additional 24 months

Organization Name (less than 140 characters)

CIMAZA

Type of Submitter

  • We are a For-Profit Startup or Startup Social Enterprise

Organizational Characteristics

  • Female-led organization
  • Displaced person / refugee-led organization
  • International/global organization (implementing in multiple countries)

Organization Location (less than 140 Characters)

CIMAZA - Schuman roundabout, 2-4, Level 6 box 6, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

What is the current scale of your organization’s work?

  • Global (within 2 or more global regions)

Website URL

www.cimaza.be

Tell us more about your organization/company (1-2 sentences)

Cimaza is a sole proprietorship business led by female Syrian scientist (PhD) and artist in Belgium (Numéro d’entreprise 0567.621.036). Cimaza produces multi-lingual comics and cartoon animations (in major European Languages and in Arabic) about the science behind vaccines and viral diseases. Cimaza cartoons are : - The most popular at the WHO Vaccines Safety Net e-library - Featured at TOP scientific/Medical journals worldwide: Nature group (2 times), Science magazine, and the Artsenkrant

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (750 characters)

- The International Pediatrics Association (IPA) - GAVI collaborators - Middle Eastern governments (in particular in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait) - Refugees camps in Jordan - NGOs operating in Ghana and Bissau.

How many people are on your team?

6

Tell us more about you and your team

1- Susan Nasif _ Founder, author and main artist. Susan holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences is also a talented artist and has worked with children from an early age, combining art and science. 2- Joaquin E. Pereyra _ Professional Comics Colourist. He has > 7 years experience in comics publication. 3- Maria Terrazas Alber _ Animator. Maria completed PhD courses at School of Information Sciences, Department of Audiovisual and Advertising. University of the Basque Country. She has 30 years of experience in animation programs. 4- Prof. Paul Ranelli _ Pharmacist, English Native Editor and Voice Over Expert. 5- Francesco Adorisio _ Montage 6- Dr. Ahmad AlHashemi. Ahmad has more than 20 years of web development experience and 10 years of mobile development experience. He has developed and published several mobile applications in the medical and medical education fields. He is proficient in C, C++, Objective-C, Swift, Java, Python, and several other programming languages and technologies

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As a science educator, I find Virology Comics a wonderful tool in the battle against medical disinformation. It is exactly the right combination of science facts and engaging artwork that this world needs in the effort to protect our families and the global community itself from re-emerging diseases. Virology Comics 

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WHO and other world renowned health organisations, consistently state that effective communication about vaccine safety and benefits is always important. A multidisciplinary set of approaches will prove together to be the most effective. Virology Comics is an excellent example of combining art and science to engage and communicate the value and importance of vaccines to a wide audience. InspiringSTEM is therefore very happy to applaud and give positive encouraging comments to further support Virology Comics important work.

Photo of James Hammond
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This is a great way of simplifying an issue which has been overcomplicated. I hope this information can be presented to the people who need it most in this easy to understand format. Brilliant

Photo of Matthew Bowden
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A refreshing approach. This issue needs to present via multiple channels, using all available media to target groups of all ages, languages, and levels of literacy and education. The comicbook approach is a novel way of targeting various marginalised groups while still providing mainstream appeal.

Photo of Angus Thomson
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Building trust in vaccines in kids is establishing future resilience for public health programs

Photo of Brianne Barker
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This is a great idea to spread scientific knowledge in a creative way.

Photo of Mariateresa Toscano
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Excellent BD! Amusante et éducative, bravo!

Photo of Sara Faried
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Great comics.. smart scientist

Photo of Emad Khater
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Great work and World-recognized author, Dr Susan Nasif, that deserves full support. Dr Emad Khater, Assoc. Prof, Medical Entomology and Molecular Biology. Egypt

Photo of Sarah M
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Great comics and engaging, kind author.

Photo of Chantelle Waddell
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A novel way to effectively combat the spread of anti-vaccination misinformation.

Photo of David Hill
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Wonderful idea. An effective, engaging approach to increase vaccine awareness and compliance which will save lives!

Photo of Anna Jarchow-MacDonald
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I think this is an engaging and fun approach to reach caregivers!

Photo of Stephanie Tornberg-Belanger
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The use of cartoons to provide vaccine information to children and families effectively is impressive. I am reminded of the effect children can have on community health, such as mass deworming programs in schools or WASH knowledge that children bring back to their communities. This effort to increase vaccine knowledge can also be brought back to the home and the community by children reached by fun and informative cartoons, scaling up the dissemination of knowledge beyond the immediate audience.

Photo of Francesco Andrisani
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Molto interessante, complimenti

Photo of Giorgio De Santis
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Ottimo lavoro! Brava

Photo of Arnold Bosman
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Great initiative! I am a fan of the art and energy you invest in promoting awareness for vaccination

Photo of Antonio Serravezza
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From an early age they explain many things to us and many others we need the user manual. This is the true meaning of this extraordinary work to educate children to understand the scientific complexity of the need for vaccines.

Photo of Peter Balfe
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Most impactful and imaginative approach I've seen in ages

Photo of Melody Butler
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Excellent job and a great fun way to educate!

Photo of Dieudonné Buh Kum
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Great initiative to tell complex scientific stories understandable to all including the children.

Photo of Johan Van Weyenbergh
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Great initiative by a trained scientist able to translate urgent public health messages into comics. This has already shown it's effectiveness in several media, but we need more of this!

Photo of Lander Foquet
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Love your comics!

Photo of Jéjé Louvetou
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Very interesting and well-done comic books which allow young audiences to understand the vaccine and vaccinology science in a playful and joyful way. Kudos & thank you to the authors & creatirs! ����

Photo of Neil Cameron
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This looks great!

Photo of AHMED HAKAWI
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I would like to compliment Suzan and her team for this fantastic idea. We need similar approach to make vaccine world as fun for our kids.

Photo of Fahad Alotaibi
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I liked this idea. It fun and accessible for children. To improve their awareness of vaccines.
I would like to see it in reality.

Photo of 3Al3a8l ع العقل
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I have been following virology comics for a while and I believe it is the best way to combat the current flood of misinformation about vaccines.. start the education as kids!! And make it fun!!

I give all my support!!

Photo of Paul Ranelli
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Education needed many approaches to be successful for all cultures, people, and ages. Art, cartoons, and animation help fill a much needed void.

Photo of Amy Baxter
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I research vaccination pain and fear. It's easy to reduce pediatric distress with needle procedures by addressing pain, fear, and focus on the event. One of the parts of our program we lack is multicultural graphics to explain how to effectively distract a child to reduce the fear, with or without the pain reduction. This may be a great place for collaboration!

Photo of Jill Roark
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As the former lead for the CDC’s national campaign to improve HPV vaccination rates, I see this project having a tremendous amount of success. I think this is an excellent way to share pro-vaccine information. Vaccination rate improvement takes many different efforts all working synergistically and this a fantastic effort on the vaccine communication front.

Photo of Salma S. Obaid
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Informative and fun to read .

Photo of Andrea Riley
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Love this! This could be an excellent learning tool for everybody! Just a wonderful resource, I'm a visual learner and this is fantastic.

Photo of Mely McMitchy
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This is essential in today’s age of misinformation and anti vax movement. We really need more positive influences on improving healthcare and accessing quality information. Tools such as this would be of immeasurable benefit to society.

Photo of AHMED HAKAWI
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Suzan is a great scientist and superior artist. She has the ability to simplify science to lay people. Her work is second to none. I wish her the best in her career.

Photo of Nevena Hristozova
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This is a truly great idea! I've seen how important scientific and health concepts are lost on the adults, but with tools like this can reach the children and youngsters and that's the generation start still stands a chance in changing the world for the better. I think the project will definitely reach and be successful with young er audiences and thus is definitely worth exploring. Especially if it's supplemented with translations in local languages, the reach and effective impact will be considerably higher than only in English.

Photo of Matilde Zornoza Moreno
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Learning about vaccines through comics is a really good idea. Practical and useful for children and adults. Congratulations!

Photo of Rob Striker
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I think this fun nonthreatening approach of comics and vaccines is an important way to combat the baseless "scare" tatics that are keeping too many people unvaccinated

Photo of Ken STEDMAN
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Wonderful idea and excellent execution. Experience, particularly international, of team is outstanding.

Photo of Ryan  McNamara
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The Virology comics are an innovative way to expand the audience for scientific communication. The art is gorgeous, and the content is suitable for learning for all ages.

Photo of Arvind Varsani
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Virology comics is unique. It provides an excellent platform for science communication and education. The kids love it, so do the adults. We need to have more of this format of material.

Photo of Dorit Reiss
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Vaccine Comic's work is wonderful and accessible. This idea could help communicate with people not otherwise reachable, and can make a difference in the battle against vaccines hesitancy. It's important, helpful, and I hope we can make it happen.

Photo of Gaius Augustus
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So exciting!

Photo of Peter English
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This is an excellent project!

Photo of Vaccines Today
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Virology Comics is a unique science-art hybrid. Led by Susan Nasif, a virologist, they combine cartoons, storytelling, science - and a healthy dose of humor - to communicate about vaccines to diverse audiences.

Photo of Phil Hare
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Comics are just better at communicating ideas. It is that simple. I can still remember specific panels from comics I read over twenty years ago. This is an absolutely fantastic idea.

Photo of Onisillos Sekkides
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A truly inspired approach to communicating the importance of a vaccines. Imaginative engaging solutions are crucial to countering the constant stream of misinformation. The greatest power of this idea is that it communicates in an accessible manner, which is very different from the majority of information currently available. Approaches such as this could be crucial in reviving people's acceptance of possibly the most significant medical advance ever made.

Photo of Ed Emmott
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I'm writing to support Dr. Nasif's @VirologyComics. I'm a scientist, researching infectious diseases and the immune system and have been a supporter of @VirologyComics for a number of years via patreon/vatreon. Susans comics bring a novel and easy to understand approach to communicating vaccine and infectious disease information to new audiences. Its particularly great these comics are now branching out into new languages. The idea of combining this easy to understand information in an app form, along with reminders is a good one. I strongly support Dr. Nasifs application. Dr. Ed Emmott (@edemmott, Northeastern University)

Photo of Melvin Sanicas
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In many cases, physicians struggle to boost medication adherence. Since a majority of patients are now smartphone users, mobile apps can be a secret weapon against medication non-adherence. This can also be used to remind parents about their kids’ vaccination. Well-designed, factual, and engaging apps can help improve public adherence and also address misinformation and inaccurate "facts" surrounding viruses, vaccines and vaccination.

Photo of Todd Wolynn
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I strongly support Susan Nasif @VirologyComics and her work to create greater awareness about infectious disease and the importance of vaccination!
She is a powerful public health advocate who brings a unique and creative approach by combining science, art and design to deliver insightful, colorful and impactful messages.
A sincere fan,
Dr. Todd Wolynn @DrToddWo