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Hello Temba Vicent ,
So, through what we could gather, HIRIZI is an ornament (varying regionally) which is given to the child in order to ward off unforeseen health problems. Mama Chango, is, of course, a figure who is involved in the process of discourse around vaccination.
However, to keep the importance intact even after the conversation and give it a visible cultural meaning, how about we use this charm further. Through this charm, we make the documentation of how many vaccinations took and how many left, (for the caregivers), through some visual symbol on the band or charm itself (HIRIZI). The band could be given to the child since birth upon receiving the first vaccine.
Through this, we may say that the child is not safe from the evil eye of the diseases until and unless all the pieces of this HIRIZI are collected, and that would only happen through going and getting the child vaccinated to finish the course and receive parts of HIRIZI. Since this holds cultural importance, we can hope it impacts.
Through this we make
Progress visible
Documentation Visible
Give cultural importance, establish a better connect with the caregiver.
A way for Mama Chango to keep the importance of her word intact for a longer time. Help her integrate the current importance given to Hirizi with the importance and timeliness of vaccines she wants to highlight.
We can alter and tinker with this idea, maybe if you send us links to how this artefact exactly looks like. What you may suggest could be addition or deletion, we are all in!

Thank you!


Daksha commented on Shishu, Sui Aur Dhaga (The child, thread and needle)

Temba Vicent ,
We have been in the research phase but are very happy to share with you, that we have a scope for collaboration after all!
Through our secondary research, we found that there are wearable accessories given to the child as a part of Tanzanian Culture called HIRIZI, to ward off evil eye.
Which could be harnessed as an add on to your idea, wherein we may look at making this artefact as a propelling factor for the increasing importance of vaccination in the eyes of the users. This could be a tool for mama chango to motivate the users as this piece a) holds cultural relevance and is essential. b) Is looked upon as a safeguard, This piece could become a documentation of how many vaccines are done and how many are more to go.

This was our little attempt to understand an extensive tradition, kindly help us navigate and let's collaborate!

Thank you
@kavya Murugan @daksha dixit


Daksha commented on Shishu, Sui Aur Dhaga (The child, thread and needle)

Hi Marichu Carstensen ,
Thank you for reaching out! We are thrilled at the prospect to work with you. It is great to know the practice of warding off the evil eye exists on Phillipines, it gives us more scope to look at and work with and empower more caregivers.
The answer to your questions are as follows,
The band is worn by all, so it does not
see any disparity.
Usually the articles of the bracelet are kept and a new thread is used in case of breakage, the articles are kept. However we could work on making the bracelet wear and tear proof.
The beads are going to be issued by the healthcare centres, hence they would be unique.

Would love to hear our suggestions,
Thank you