URN spoke to Luke Jerram, an Installation Artist involved in the campaign and he said he chose to use fashion design to illustrate that just as clothing protects us from the outside world, whether from extreme temperature, rain or abrasion, so vaccinations create a layer of protection from infection.
at a Mulago -based research entity are opting to using art to create awareness
about the benefits of taking vaccines in pregnancy, an area which researchers
often go into cautiously.
Kyohere, a researcher at Makerere University - John Hopkins University Research
Collaboration (MU-JHU) says in Uganda, the only vaccines currently recommended
in pregnancy are the Tetanus and COVID-19 jabs and yet evidence is pointing to
other vaccines which if taken will not only be safe for the mother but the baby.
future we will be able to protect against other infections that cause severe
illness in babies, such as group B streptococcus which affects newborns”.
In a new
campaign dubbed clothed with protection, MU-JHU is partnering with the UK based
University of Southampton where they have a contracted a visual artist to
simply communicate to the target population through art that vaccines given in
pregnancy will reduce maternal and neonatal mortality.
to Luke Jerram, an Installation Artist involved in the campaign and he said he
chose to use fashion design to illustrate that just as clothing protects us
from the outside world, whether from extreme temperature, rain or abrasion, so
vaccinations create a layer of protection from infection.
I was invited by ……………
Cue out: ………..
safe for the mother."//
he has selected local designers who have a background of creating art from
recycled fabric to form the astonishing apparel and other work.
He says the art that is made to mimic shapes
of viruses will translate maternity vaccine messages into visible impressions
and stimulate conversations that will improve involvement and uptake of
maternal vaccination at the local level.
The designer has ………..
Cue out: …………..
take the vaccine."//
to this, Jerram says a local musician has a composed a song to amplify the
messages showcased in the art works.
The song will be ………
Cue out: …………
on the radio.”//
that during the later stages of pregnancy, antibodies are transferred across
the placenta from mother to child.
Chrissie Jones, a researcher at the University of Southampton says this is the
message they are trying to communicate that vaccination in pregnancy boosts
this natural process, providing protection to the infant in the early weeks of