By Chisomo Phiri
The Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Programme, one of the country’s largest health research institutions on Saturday officially launched its vaccines comic book titled ‘One for All, All for One’.
Among other things, the book is designed to enhance discussions about vaccines and highlight the importance of herd immunity.
The book also signifies continued efforts by scientists to eradicate diseases and improve health.
Speaking during the launch at Lirangwe in Blantyre, One for All,All for One Project Manager Rodrick Sambakusi said the book will help in improving vaccine uptake in the country.
“I am very happy that we are now launching the Vaccine Comic book which Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Programme in collaboration with different key vaccine and immunization stakeholders have produced.
“The comic will help promote dialogue on vaccines and enhance people’s trust on vaccines,” he said.
Sambakusi also thanked people who always take part in Wellcome Trust Programme’s research activities saying this eases their work.
He then assured Malawians that the institution will continue to conduct high quality research that is relevant to Malawi in order to improve public health.
On his part,Lunzu ward councillor Margaret Mictor, commended the book saying it is addressing some of the challenges affecting vaccine uptake in the country.
“The book is addressing some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding vaccines in the country. People will also be able to understand the importance of vaccines in as far as disease prevention is concerned,” she said.
The book, which is in English, Yao and Tumbuka will be accessible in clinics, hospitals, schools and other public places.
During the event,there were also finals of netball and football teams where the players were provided with full uniforms, balls,medals and a trophy.
Established in 1995,Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Programme Research Centre conducts excellent research and trains the next generation of scientists.
The research institution focuses much on preventing death from severe infections and transmission reduction in infectious diseases.