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How an animation educated the army

Controlling malaria was a priority for the United States army during World War II, but convincing soldiers to use antimalarial drugs was a huge challenge. So the US War Department commissioned the team behind cartoons like ‘Bugs Bunny’ and ‘Daffy Duck’ to create an amusing animated film that aimed to persuade soldiers to take malaria seriously.

Words by Perside Ndandu

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Perside Ndandu

Perside Ndandu is a recently graduated master’s student from South Africa who received a Wellcome Trust scholarship to study at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Her research interests include health in colonial Southern Africa, media and health, and transnational migration.