Children will love to learn about safer use of medicine with Annie and Mac
This pharmacovigilance comic book is a project by Uppsala Monitoring Centre intended to reach young minds and teach children important information about medicines safety.
Aimed at readers aged 9-13, and those with a beginner’s knowledge of English, 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.
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.
“We went through quite a few protagonists and side-kicks before Annie and Mac stepped into the picture. She is inquisitive and brave, and Mac is an eagle in the body of a hummingbird. Together they make the perfect team to tackle important issues about the safer use of medicines,” writer Fredrik Brounéus said.
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.
In the future, UMC will start work to translate the comic books into WHO languages and distribute the comics to partners across the world. For more information about Annie&Mac, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org