One World, One Fight! - EP1
Updated: May 22
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On March 27 2020, the United Nations announced a GLOBAL CALL TO CREATIVES: An Open Brief from the United Nations. In the brief, UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres stated “we are in an unprecedented situation and the normal rules no longer apply. We cannot resort to the usual tools in such unusual times. The creativity of the response must match the unique nature of the crisis – and the magnitude of the response must match its scale.”
Inspired by the UN’s call, Gen Z Group, a Singapore-based educational media company, decided to adapt the Handbook of COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment, jointly published by Jack Ma Foundation and The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine, into a five-episode graphic novel, titled “One World, One Fight”. We hope to raise awareness for COVID-19 prevention and treatment practices adopted by Chinese healthcare workers as case studies for the global community, to avoid any overlapping efforts, and to bridge the gap between professionals and public by using graphic novel as a visual medium in communicating technical terms.
We hope you will enjoy the read as much as we did, and please, help us spread the words and share this graphic novel with your loved ones!
If you enjoyed the read, please consider to donate to our cause so we can finish this the creation of One World, One Fight! Donation link: https://give.asia/campaign/create-the-covid-19-prevention-and-treatment-graphic-novel#/activities
We are here to share some behind-the-scenes of One World, One Fight!
It takes four crucial steps to develop a graphic novel:
Frankly, NONE of us in the production team has any medical background. We studied economics, accounting, international politics... but nope, not medicine, not nursing, not even biology. Hence, in order to ensure the accuracy of the medical content, we have to go through a tedious amount of research and interviews to make sure we get the facts right as much as possible.
So we watched many documentaries...
(Source: CGTN. Yes, training with flour actually happened, we didn't make this up.)
(Source: Queen Mary Hospital)
We read and read...
(Source: Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, it basically says it is recommended for front line medics to have intubation training in PPE.)
（Source: Global MediXchange for Combating COVID-19, yes we read them all)
(And just some of our Google search history)
We talked to doctors...
We really want to show our appreciation towards all the doctors for their time and patience. Sometimes we ask really silly questions (i.e. what’s that tube (PICC) for?) but they have been so kind and generous in helping us create this novel. The cutest part about interviewing doctors for this episode was probably when a doctor told me, “I laughed (when reading the draft), we’ve all been there — sisters/matrons/senior nurses are typically fierce at first.” It means a lot to us to know that our work is realistic enough to trigger memories.
And finally, we scrutinize each frame for any potential bugs (i.e. is everyone wearing mask?) to finalize the drawings.
So a bit about the people behind this: Gen Z Group - we are founded by Chinese, Singaporeans, and Japanese. Our volunteers come from Belgium, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Japan, Turkey, Korea, Britain, U.S., and Lebanon.
We are a truly international team, and a team that sincerely believes that this is the time for the world to be united, not divided.
On top of sharing the best practices concluded by Chinese doctors, this is also a meaningful initiative for the general public. Currently, a lot of the current measures are focused on educating the public on prevention measures - i.e. wash hands and keep a social distance, but there is not enough effort in telling them WHY they need to do it. People will only develop the sense of responsibility if they know how contagious the disease really is and how dangerous it is for the healthcare workers to work on the front line by seeing (graphically) the tedious steps of donning and removal of PPE. They will also only understand why it is not just a seasonal flu if you see the diagnosis (i.e. lung CT scans) and the treatment (oxygen therapy, intubation, ECMO, etc).
There is really no time for finger-pointing, we have to share our resources and fight this war together.
One World, One Fight!!
【2】COVID-19 Outbreak Hospital Response Strategy, https://pdf-intl.alicdn.com/COVID-19%20Outbreak%20Hospital%20Response%20Strategy%20(Standard)%20v2.pdf?spm=a3c0i.14138300.3576154380.download.6df3647fcgVDEw&file=COVID-19%20Outbreak%20Hospital%20Response%20Strategy%20(Standard)%20v2.pdf
【4】COVID-19 and Anesthesia FAQ, https://www.apsf.org/covid-19-and-anesthesia-faq/