This is a very clever way of involving children . It uses a comic book story format to teach them about their health and is an excellent example of edutainment . The comic books are packed with useful information, which I am sure even parents will find very helpful !
What I especially like about this series is the fact that it shows that it's possible to explain complex medical concepts in simple terms which even a child can understand ! I think if doctors take the trouble, it's possible to explain to every patient ( even illiterate ones !) what they need to know about their bodies. In fact, I think it would be a great project to try to adapt this same information to low-literacy populations !
I met Dr Kim Chilman-Blair today. She is the CEO and is very keen on distributing the comic books to Indian children. The challenge will be make sure they reach out to as many children as possible, without charging the children a lot of money.
I feel every pediatrician's clinic should have a complete set of these comic books for their patients - and hopefully , a generous pharmaceutical company will subsidise this !
These would be a great value-addition for every school library too - after all, children need to learn about their health and these books will encourage them to read and explore !
Any NGO which deals with children should also invest in a set for their library.
And every Pediatric Department in every hospital should have a complete set too !
This would be a fantastic idea, not only for the children in India, but for the African children who have aids or HIV. Before starting my degree in medicine I went to South Africa to work with children who had these illnesses and it would have been great to have something simple but effective to teach them about their conditions accurately and in a way that they would understand. I'm sure that in years to come when I start my paediatric rotation these will be a great resource.
I've seen quite a bit of online media coverage about this, and I think it is a superb idea myself. I hope they become available to all paediatric staff like myself in the near future as it is clearly an effective way of getting children to read about their own illnesses in a way they understand - it may even help parents to fully understand a lot better, because believe it or not, in my experience I have known several parents to get their information from google.