RBM Partnership to End Malaria Social and Behaviour Change Working Group: School-Based Malaria SBC Resources

This collection of school-based malaria SBC resources, shared by SBC WG members includes board games, teacher’s guides, comic books, and more, for fellow members to learn from and utilize in their work. The resources, shared during the RBM Partnership to End Malaria Social and Behavior Change Working Group (SBC WG) General Call, held on May 16, 2024, focused on school-based malaria SBC. This General Call focused on malaria SBC in schools in Nigeria and Madagascar. The session recordings and presentation slides are available online.




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Source: RBM Partnership to End Malaria Social and Behaviour Change Working Group

Date of Publication: May 30, 2024

Sara Communication Initiative

The Sara Communication Initiative was developed in 10 countries of Eastern and Southern Africa, with UNICEF assistance. Educating adolescent girls and their parents about the importance of staying in school is one of the main messages of this lively radio series. Other issues such as sexual harassment, HIV/AIDS, early marriage, genital mutilation and girls’ domestic workload, are skilfully woven into the entertaining plots about Sara and her friends. In addition to the radio series, the initiative has developed animated films, comic books, storybooks, audiocassettes, posters and guides.

The link on this page is for the comic books only.

Source: UNICEF

Date of Publication: September 30, 2021

Meena Comic Books and Videos

Meena is a cartoon character from South Asia, a spirited, nine-year-old girl who braves the world – whether in her efforts to go to school or in fighting the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS in her village. Meena is widely recognised and appreciated in most South Asian countries, and is a successful advocacy and teaching tool for girls’ and children’s rights. The Meena figure has achieved popularity as she tackles the key issues affecting children, and the threats to the rights of millions of girls in South Asia.

UNICEF developed the Meena Communication Initiative (MCI) and it was launched in September 1998 as a mass communication project aimed at changing perceptions and behaviour that hamper the survival, protection and development of girls in South Asia. The stories revolve around the adventures of Meena, her brother Raju, her pet parrot Mithu, and members of her family and village community, and cover issues such as education, health, gender equity, freedom from exploitation and abuse.

The Meena Communication Package consists of:

• Comic books

• Animated films

• Posters

• Discussion and teachers’ guides

• Radio series (produced in collaboration with BBC world service)

Source: UNICEF

Date of Publication: September 30, 2021

Didier and Men in the Informal Sector: Emerging Leaning:

This emerging learning document details the lessons learned from the first phase of the Didier comic book series in Cote d’Ivoire, which focused on engaging young men in the informal sector on sexuality, family planning and relationships.

Source: PSI

Date of Publication: March 1, 2021

Masked Indian Comic Superhero Fights COVID-19 Fear

India’s first female comic superhero Priya, a gang-rape survivor who earlier campaigned against rape, acid attack and sex trafficking, is back to fight disinformation around the Covid-19 pandemic.

In Priya’s Mask, due to be launched on 2 December, the comic crusader joins hands with Jiya, the “Burka Avenger”, a popular character from a Pakistani cartoon show, as the two go about trying to tackle the pandemic – and also the “infodemic”, a major proliferation in fake news surrounding the coronavirus.

With more than 9.4 million infections and 137,000 deaths, India has the second highest caseload globally. A strict nationwide lockdown that was imposed on 21 March delayed the spread for a while, but infections grew rapidly – and continue to do so – since restrictions were relaxed.

A major challenge in India’s fight against Covid-19 has been the false and misleading information around the pandemic, which is often shared quickly. Through this campaign, the creators wanted to challenge misinformation, dispel fear, and support the health workers and others at the forefront of the fight against the virus.

Source: Priyashakti

Date of Publication: December 7, 2020

“Hooked” Comic Series for Family Planning

“Hooked” is a comic series which was part of the National Family Health Campaign in Zambia which runs once per week on the campaign’s Facebook page and follows the life and interactions of young women and men in a college setting. It discusses family planning, condom use, HIV testing, and malaria prevention, among other health topics

A PDF with all of the episodes is attached.

Source: Breakthrough ACTION/Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: October 22, 2020

Comic Book about Coronavirus

This comic book is based on a radio story that NPR education reporter Cory Turner produced, asking experts what kids might want to know about the new coronavirus.

Source: NPR

Date of Publication: April 6, 2020