MLWP Launches Vaccines Comic Book
The Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Program (MLWP) has launched a comic book in an effort to increase vaccine uptake among citizens in the country.
Speaking during the launch at Lirangwe ground in Lundu area in Blantyre on Saturday, the organisation’s project manager for One for All, All for One, Rodrick Sambakunsi believes Malawians will utilize the book to understand the importance of vaccines and ensure that they are safe from various diseases.
He is optimistic that the book, which is friendly to both children and adults, will bring positive change in motivating communities to accept vaccines that the government is and will be administering in Malawi and beyond.
“The views that are in the book came from different people. We hope the book will be useful in promoting vaccine uptake. We also ask people to continue taking part in various researches that Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Program carries out in different parts of Malawi,” said Sambakunsi.
The One for All, All for One Project Manager then encouraged Malawians to make full use of the book so as to understand vaccine issues.
Guest of honor at the event, councilor Magreat Mictor and Traditional Authority Lundu asked Malawians to stop hesitating to receive vaccines citing cholera vaccines and others.
“I ask you all to accept the vaccines that the ministry of health is bringing in our areas, for now, we have cholera vaccine, please let us receive it for us to be safe,” said TA Lundu of Blantyre.
Blantyre District Health Office spokesperson, Chrissy Banda hopes the book will assist to reduce myths and misconceptions that make people hesitate to receive vaccines.
“We know that some people have been using the social media to mislead people about the vaccines and unfortunately majority of citizens do not have the access to check authentic information from World Health organisation website on vaccines, so the coming in of this book will help people to know more about the importance of vaccines,” said Banda.
Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Program is a health research organisation which has been operating in Malawi for over 25 years now.