One For All, All For One, A New Comic About Vaccination, For The World

One For All, All For One is a new multimedia project taking in comics, film, and public events looking at immunisation and vaccination narratives. Quoting Alexandre Dumas, the One for All, All for One comic is by Nabeel Petersen and Cape Town street artist Mohamed Hassan, and will be published in English and Chichewa, to be shared with the public, clinics and with researchers with governments and public health authorities in Malawi, South Africa, UK and beyond with the aim that they will inform and create further conversations around vaccines and immunisation. The comic book will be made available in print and online this month.One For All, All For One, A New Comic About Vaccination, For The World

The comic will be available digitally from NHS Vocal's website beginning on the 14th of November 2022, ahead of the print publication date timed to The Global Health Network Conference in Cape Town, South Africa on the 24th of November. A motion comic adaptation is being created by editor Kauthar Dramat and sound producer Yankho Seunda.

One For All, All For One, A New Comic About Vaccination, For The World

"Vaccines are one of the most effective tools that we have to protect people against life-threatening infections" said Prof. Bella Starling, co-director of One for All, All for One. "Yet vaccine hesitancy is on the increase worldwide, prompted by misinformation, poor access and infrastructure, suboptimal communication from clinicians, public health and policy makers, and lack of awareness. For me, the co-creation of the comic's narrative (with scientists, healthcare workers, community and faith leaders, young mothers, young adults and artists) is one of the most important aspects of this project."

One For All, All For One, A New Comic About Vaccination, For The World

Based upon collaborative discussions with people from Malawi, South Africa and the UK, as well as evidence from scientific, social scientific and science communication research, One for All, All for One is a four-chapter comic which follows young siblings, Tadala and Mayeso, as they navigate myths and misinformation, see the influence of opinion makers and social media, learn how to come to their own conclusions, and see the long-term impact of their involvement in community research projects.

One For All, All For One, A New Comic About Vaccination, For The World

"We chose comics as the medium because they cross cultural boundaries and allow for audiences of all literacy levels" said writer Nabeel Petersen of Interfer. "We hope that the comics will encourage people, policy-makers and researchers to think further about how they might collaborate in equitable and positive ways."

One For All, All For One, A New Comic About Vaccination, For The World

"We recognised there was an opportunity to explore narratives around community protection in accessible ways, using creative arts to spark conversations," said Sara Kenney of Wowbagger Productions, who is the Engagement Strategist for One for All, All for One. "We were particularly interested in exploring a story that encourages researchers to think about how they create spaces where they respond to questions and listen to the health needs of their community."

One For All, All For One, A New Comic About Vaccination, For The World

"Working with different community groups on this project has been a game changer," said project manager Rodrick Sambakunsi. "The ambition was to 'listen' rather than 'tell' and to use workshops with participants that included communities, village and faith leaders and policymakers in Malawi to co-create the narrative of the comics. The final comics reflect the questions and discussions that took place in the workshops and are informed by evidence from science communication and social science research, and their different insights and perspectives have contributed greatly to the project."

 

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