About This Project
Ebola virus is spreading rapidly in West Africa. We are sharing a 3D animation explaining the symptoms of the Ebola and how to prevent infection. Local organizations can use this video as part of their educational programs. Scientific Animations Without Borders is a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign program that transforms information on relevant, humanitarian topics into animations which are then produced into a diversity of languages.
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What is the context of this research?
Scientific Animations Without Borders™ (SAWBO)
is a University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign based program. SAWBO transforms extension information on relevant topics as agriculture, disease and women's empowerment, into 2D, 2.5D and 3D animations, which are then voice overlaid into a diversity of languages from around the world. All SAWBO animations are made freely available to anyone wishing to use them for educational purposes. Animations can be downloaded from a diversity of SAWBO channels and used on computers, tablets, cell phones, TVs, and overhead projection systems.
What is the significance of this project?
Ebola is spreading in West Africa. Inhabitants of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea have limited access to information about the disease and how to reduce risk of exposure and protect from infection. It's extremely urgent for local organizations to have the resources to be able to communicate basic health information to populations with low health literacy in order to help them understand the disease and adopt positive health behaviors.
What are the goals of the project?
Having this video available in 10 main languages used in the zone is a first step for local organizations to have the resources necessary to begin to work in the field.
SAWBO is supported through charitable gifts and relies only on charitable funding. This project is extremely urgent to be done in the next month so we cannot go to our normal funding procedures to find resources to do this.
Meet the Team
Team BioBarry R. Pittendrigh has worked in the area of
international development, specifically in West Africa, over the past decade. He is also the co-founder of Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO) a program created for delivering knowledge to low literate learners in developing nation countries.
Barry R. Pittendrigh has worked in the area of
international development, specifically in West Africa, over the past decade. He, his laboratory team, and his collaborators spread across five countires in West Africa, are dedicated to developing environmentally bening pest control solutions to minimize the populations of pest insects that attack cowpea. Cowpea is an important protein source for tens of millions (some source say between a hundred and two hundred million) of people that live under $2 a day. Thus, controlling these pest populations has tremendous potential in have significant positive impacts on a large number of the poorest people in West Africa. He is also the co-founder of Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO) and the Sustainable Development Virtual Knowledge Interface (SusDeViKI), two strategies that he hopes can help play a role in achieving these above pest control goals.
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