COVideo19 Student-Led Initiative

COVideo19 is an initiative led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health students aimed at providing science-based, social media friendly information on COVID-19 in multiple languages. The students are part of the Digital Health Society, the student arm of the Johns Hopkins University Global mHealth Initiative.

The video series, aimed at young, connected audiences around the globe, challenges viewers to become “public health warriors” and combines scientific knowledge about COVID-19 with instructions on how to help stop its spread. In addition to the introductory video—now available in 20 languages and counting—COVideo19 features brief Q&As in multiple languages that address common myths, misconceptions, and concerns sourced from students’ home communities, ranging from the effects of COVID-19 on mental health to the seasonality of the coronavirus. The videos are available on the School’s playlist.

Source: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Date of Publication: May 17, 2020

Severe Malaria

This video is part of the “Aha ye de” malaria campaign in Ghana. “Aha ye de” means “It’s Good Here” in Twi, one of Ghana’s national languages. The campaign is designed to reposition the use of treated nets as a lifestyle decision, while at the same time preventing malaria, linking to the BCS’s overarching GoodLife campaign. The campaign seeks to increase risk perception by emphasizing the severity and threats of malaria. At the same time, the campaign empowers individuals to use malaria prevention and appropriate treatment.

The video explains the danger of severe malaria. Malaria kills more children than any other disease in Ghana and is a leading cause of miscarriage and stillbirths in pregnant women. Severe malaria is also a major cause of permanent brain damage and physical disability. One of the disorders severe malaria can cause is epilepsy. While not all cases of epilepsy are caused by severe malaria, many are in countries with a heavy malaria burden, such as Ghana. This is a short documentary filmed in Ghana documenting the impact severe malaria can have on families’ lives.

Source: Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: March 25, 2019