Play teaches children about dengue fever

Researchers from the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) in Vietnam have helped to develop a play that teaches primary school children about the dangers of dengue fever and how to prevent it.

Dengue play

'Tiny Enemies' a comic play explaining how dengue fever spreads was performed at 21 primary schools, in two HCM City districts with high incidences of dengue fever during May 2014.

The play is about Viet who lives in HCM City and contracts dengue fever when she visits her hometown.

Delirious with fever she dreams that she fights a mosquito queen together with two characters - the White Blouse Fairy and the Electric Racket Superman. In the end they destroy the mosquito and its young by clearing out water containers in which mosquito larvae live and develop.

After the play, children take part in an interactive quiz about how dengue fever spreads and how it can be prevented and treated.

The programme is being carried out by OUCRU in co-operation with Thai Duong Theatre Company and sponsored by Wellcome Trust and Sanofi Espoir Foundation.

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