Our caped crusader strikes again! Buddy the Cat is a hero to children in South Africa.
Children receiving treatment for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis at Sizwe Hospital in Gauteng Province, South Africa, were recently introduced to their new superhero, Buddy.
A group of children admitted at the hospital were in a jovial mood as they came face-to-face with Buddy, a mascot developed by the children along with those from Brooklyn Chest and Brewelsklof Hopitals in the Western Cape. His mission: aiding their treatment journey.
Through its partnership with the Western Cape’s Department of Health, the USAID TB CARE II South Africa conceptualized Buddy to improve patient adherence and treatment outcomes in child TB patients. He is designed to promote understanding of the illness, help children express their worries and assist them in becoming more at ease in the hospital surroundings.
During the unveiling, there was a lot of excitement among the children as Buddy was introduced. The children chanted his name as they saw him, and wore wide smiles on their faces as they hugged, played and had their pictures taken with their new superhero.
The character will be their companion while receiving treatment. Away from their loved ones, the children will find comfort in Buddy as he shares in their difficulties during treatment. Buddy is acquainted with the treatment they will undergo and helps the children to understand what to expect.