In the evolving world of disease prevention, it’s now more important than ever to look beyond the status quo to implement solutions to critical issues. The groundbreaking video game, Resistance 101, is a perfect example of what can happen when technology meets passion to form an unconventional solution to fight malaria. The aim of the mobile app is to increase awareness of drug resistance in mosquitoes – an affair with profound effects.
“To fight [malaria] you need creativity” – Marlize Coleman
Since a life-changing assignment in South Africa, UK scientist Marlize Coleman developed a strong passion to try and eradicate malaria. Pursuing a career in Public Health, she has travelled around the world and partnered with innovators and scientific experts on a mission to discover and fund, accessible insecticides which are effective against drug-resistant mosquitoes.
Coleman is currently based at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in England, UK. There she has devised, developed and launched a mobile game in which players are asked to choose between different insecticides with a goal to kill the mosquito.
The game surfaced at the 2018 Multilateral Initiative on Malaria, held in Dakar in April earlier this year. There, it was announced that EM Games had developed a “serious game” and a partnership with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. This “serious game” is titled ‘Resistance 101’. In the game, the user not only has fun but also learns of the evolving concept of insecticide resistance. The game doesn’t require any knowledge, expertise or medical training, making it an appealing tool for the education sector.
The app is free to download and is available on both iOS and Android devices. You can download it by clicking the links below.
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The Guardian featured Resistance 101 on their Global Development podcast, Small Changes. In the podcast, Marlize discusses the game and its ambitious aims in some detail.