Design and Development of an Internationally Applicable Educational Video to Increase Community Awareness in Regions with High Prevalence of Melioidosis and Diabetes

Shalisa C. Maisrikrod, Mathew Currie, Brenda L. Govan, Robert E. Norton, Bart J. Currie, Natkunam Ketheesan, Mark Mayo

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Abstract

Melioidosis is a neglected tropical disease that causes high morbidity and mortality. Public health awareness is essential for both prevention and early detection of the infection. This project aimed to develop an internationally applicable educational tool to increase community awareness in regions with high prevalence of diabetes and melioidosis. The animation was created with international collaboration. Sixty-four delegates from different cultural backgrounds participated in the survey to evaluate the animation. Feedback was positive, with 85% agreeing that they would use this video for public education and 82% agreeing that the video was culturally appropriate to them in the context of their region. The animation was refined after feedback. To supplement the 3-minute animation, a 13-minute film footage of interviews with clinicians, researchers and patients was also created. These materials have been made available online through the International Melioidosis Network and can be readily downloaded or subtitled in any language using publicly available software, demonstrating the utility of developing low-cost adaptable health education material targeted for widespread use internationally.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-506
Number of pages4
JournalThe American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume108
Issue number3
Early online date2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023

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