This pharmacovigilance comic book is a project by Uppsala Monitoring Centre that teaches children important information about medicines safety.
Aimed at readers aged 9-13, Annie & Mac’s Adventures follows the lead characters as they explore different aspects of adverse effects and safer use of medicines.
“Children are great teachers and have the capacity to influence their communities. By giving them early access to information we are tapping into their capacity to drive change,” said Paula Alvarado, UMC's former head of Global Communications who initiated the project.
The comic books are currently only available in English and Swedish. Translations into WHO languages are at the planning stages.
Through the pages of the comic’s first issue “Lord Fake strikes again” we’re taken on an action-fuelled journey, where Annie and Mac set out to stop the evil Lord Fake from producing and selling fake medicines. This is followed by colourful activity pages, and the issue ends with a chapter where Annie irritates her entire family as she explains how adverse effects happen by pretending that her parents and brother are different body parts.
The comic’s second issue “Rise of the mutagenic mutiny” focuses on antimicrobial resistance. By following Annie and her friends on an adventure where they shrink to the size of bacteria and confront mean-spirited microbes, the readers learn how antibiotics work and how antibiotic resistance spreads.
We created a special campaign package to raise awareness of antimicrobial resistance, consisting on the comic's second issue and a series of images in which the characters from the comic book share important messages about antibiotics.
We encourage the public and interested organisations to browse the campaign material and use any part that they like.
The campaign materials can be used to teach children and teens about adverse drug reactions, falsified medicines, and antimicrobial resistance. The comic books are available online and can easily be shared in, for example, a social media campaign.
The materials in the antimicrobial resistance package created for World Antibiotic Awareness Week can also be downloaded and shared on social media.
Those who are interested in printing up their own copies of the comic books are welcome to do so, just contact UMC’s communications team. We can send you the print versions of the comics, that you can send to a professional printer. We ask in return that you share your plan for how you will use the comic book, and that you pledge not to sell the comic – it must be given away free of charge.
UMC's communications team is happy to answer any further questions you may have about how you could use this information material.