Films for patients


These three animated films are about vaccination and address some of the main barriers to people getting vaccinated and the misinformation spread by anti-vaxxers. They are available in English and various African language versions.

Covid at home

Four animated films are about living with Covid in a world where most of the formal restrictions and lockdown measures have been lifted. You can watch and download these in English or a choice of African languages.

Covid, HIV and pregnancy

These animated films explain what Covid means for people with HIV and for pregnant women. The pregnancy films are aimed at an audience you might find in antenatal sessions, primarily pregnant women and their husbands/partners. They can be viewed and downloaded in English or a selection of African languages.

Explaining lumbar punctures – a guide for parents in Africa, India and East Asia

These short videos, available in a choice of languages, explain to parents what a lumbar puncture is. Lumbar punctures are the only way to accurately diagnose children with suspected meningitis, and determine the best treatment. In some countries there is a lot of fear of lumbar punctures, so many parents refuse consent. In reality, lumbar punctures are very safe. The videos can be shown widely at under-5 clinics and health education sessions, or used specifically in emergency departments and paediatric wards. They were created in partnership with doctors at the Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Unit at University College London, and doctors from research teams and centres of excellence in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Vietnam and India.

All about COVID-19: Advice for communities in India

How does coronavirus (COVID-19) spread? What are the symptoms? Who is at risk? How can you protect yourself and your family? This short animation answers these questions.

Mr Splash counsels on HIV

An HIV counselling film for Malawi, this film explains everything someone living with HIV needs to know to live positively. It is designed to be shown at group counselling sessions or on individual phones, freeing up counsellors’ time to answer questions and address individual problems where patients need support.


This film is about a research study which confirms what those growing up with HIV have known for a long time: they are just the same as anyone else and being HIV positive should not hold them back. It is put together and presented by young people living with HIV who took part in the study as a guide about the research for other HIV positive young people.

Choezom’s story: All about TB (2017, 34 mins.  Lhasan Tibetan and English)

This film tells the story of Tibetan nun as she recovers from TB. The film is designed to give information to patients and to Tibetan communities, about TB, its diagnosis, cure and prevention. The imagery is built from photos taken on a trip to Tibet by UK doctors, and recreates the beauty of the monasteries and mountains.

Diabetes course for Clinicians, Health workers and Patients

Seven films form the backbone of a two day Diabetes training course, originally carried out in Malawi. They are designed to train health workers, but are pitched to also be easily understandable to a wider audience. They include films about both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, as well as complications of diabetes and maintaining a health diet. While made for Malawi, the films could be easily adapted for use in other African countries.

Finding out – the challenges of growing up with HIV

This is the first of three films looking at the challenges faced by young people living with HIV in Africa. A filmmaker who grew up with HIV in the UK explores the stories of counterparts in Malawi and Zimbabwe. The film focuses on the way in which young people find out they have HIV, and the negative impact of school education designed to create fear of infection. A must see for anyone working with young people in Africa.

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