Global Child Health Media Initiative

The Global Child Health Media Initiative aims to engage families around the world, through innovative digital media productions. We collaborate with academic institutions and global health agencies to translate evidence-based health recommendations into messages that are easily understood and shared. Our academic collaborators work at the WHO, UNICEF, the IASC, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health. Creative partners around the world share their talents to help us deliver our messages with a little bit of magic and inspiration. This initiative is led by Maya Adam M.D.

Dreaming of a Safe COVID-19 Vaccine

People all over the world are experiencing “pandemic fatigue” - a sense of despair and powerlessness, aggravated by the lack of a visible light at the end of the tunnel. In addition to promoting vaccine confidence, this video was designed to convey a sense of hope that a safe and effective vaccine will one day help us regain some of the freedoms we enjoyed before the pandemic. Together, we dream of a safe, effective vaccine against COVID-19. In the meantime, continue to wash your hands, keep your distance and get a flu shot.

My Hero is You

This video is an adaptation of the children’s book, released in early 2020 to help educate children around the world about COVID-19. The original book was created by mental health and psychosocial support experts from the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), the highest-level humanitarian coordination forum of the United Nations. We adapted the story into a short animated film, with input and oversight from the IASC Mental health and Psychosocial Support Reference Group, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization (WHO). The film aims to convey messages of hope, resilience, solidarity, and empowerment to children and their caregivers around the world. Faculty at Stanford Medicine, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine served as advisors on this film. The animations were done by Chaz Bottoms, Matt Torode, and Monica A. Young.

The Great Race: A COVID-19 Story

Wear a mask. Together we are stronger. Scientists are encouraging everyone to wear masks to control the spread of COVID-19. For additional info, Stanford Medicine experts discuss evidence that informed the World Health Organization’s recommendations and explain how you can help flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections: https://stan.md/2C6VrkI 

Animations: Matt Torode 
Special Thanks: Russ Haan, Jennifer Gates, Marsha Griffin, Ryan Matlow, Amy Price and Yvonne A. Maldonado

Staying Safe when COVID-19 Strikes

What should you do if you experience symptoms of COVID-19? This short animated video illustrates practices for getting well and keeping others healthy. Get the latest news on COVID-19 testing, treatment, and tracking data: https://med.stanford.edu/covid19.html

Global COVID-19 Prevention

This short animated video was released in March 2020, in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, to illustrate how the virus is transmitted among people and how we can prevent the spread. Get the latest news on COVID-19 testing, treatment, and tracking data: https://med.stanford.edu/covid19.html

In the News


Film Festival Awards and Official Selections

  • Vegas Movie Awards
        (Award Winner, Best Animation, My Hero is You)
  • La Femme International Film Festival
        (Official Selection, Best Animated Short, My Hero is You)
  • Satisfied Eye International Film Festival
        (Finalist, Short Animation, COVID-19, Together we are Stronger)
  • International KidsNFilm Festival
        (Official Selection, Best Animated Short, My Hero is You)
  • Paris Lift-Off Film Festival
        (Official Selection, Animations/Smartphone Films, My Hero is You)
  • Canadian Cinematography Awards
        (Finalist, Best Animation, My Hero is You)
  • Independent Shorts Awards
        (Winner, Silver Medal, Children’s Short, My Hero is You)
  • Best Shorts Competition
        (Official Selection, Best PSA, COVID-19 Together we are Stronger)
  • Cordillera International Film Festival
        (Official Selection, Short Animation, COVID-19 Together we are Stronger)
  • Satisfied Eye International Film Festival
        (Official Selection, Short Animation, COVID-19 Together we are Stronger)
  • Docs Without Borders Film Festival
        (Official Selection, Animated Films, COVID-19 Together we are Stronger)
  • One-Reeler Short Film Competition
        (Winner, Best Short Film, COVID-19 Together we are Stronger)

Selected Publications

  • Adam M, Bärnighausen T, McMahon SA, Design for extreme scalability: A wordless, globally scalable COVID-19 prevention animation for rapid public health communication. Journal of Global Health. 2020; 10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7183247/
  • Vandormael A, Adam M, Greuel M, Bärnighausen T. A short, animated video to improve good COVID-19 hygiene practices: a structured summary of a study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2020 Dec;21(1):1-3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7267760/
  • Adam M, McMahon SA, Prober C, Bärnighausen T. Human-Centered Design of Video-Based Health Education: An Iterative, Collaborative, Community-Based Approach. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2019;21(1):e12128. https://www.jmir.org/2019/1/e12128/