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Health Awareness on 8 bit Platform. Ashita Dadlani Kishan Patel . What is the more likely cause of death today — a disease caused by germs or failure of one of the body organs?.

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health awareness on 8 bit platform
Health Awareness on 8 bit Platform

AshitaDadlani

Kishan Patel

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What is the more likely cause of death today — a disease caused by germs or failure of one of the body organs?
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The answer depends on which part of the world you belong to! 48% of deaths in India are caused by communicable diseases, 43% due to metabolic disorders like cancer, heart ailments, diabetes etc and the rest a result of accidents, natural calamities, suicides and murder.

.Ref:WorldHealth Organization’s Global Burden of Disease projections based on 2005 data

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In sharp contrast to the situation, in countries of Europe, for instance, only 6% of all deaths are caused by communicable diseases, while a whopping 86% are due to metabolic disorders and the remaining due to other causes. .

  • However, in Africa, 70% of deaths are due to communicable diseases, while only 22% are from non-communicable disorders.
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In sharp contrast to the situation, in countries of Europe, for instance, only 6% of all deaths are caused by communicable diseases, while a whopping 86% are due to metabolic disorders and the remaining due to other causes. .

  • However, in Africa, 70% of deaths are due to communicable diseases, while only 22% are from non-communicable disorders.
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The discovery of antibiotics meant that almost all communicable diseases were conquered, at least in advanced countries.

  • But in India this has not been the case. We see a huge 48% of the deaths still caused by communicable diseases!!
the 10 8 bit computers a possible solution
The 10$ 8 bit Computers- a possible solution?
  • These are really cheap computers, and the reason for it being so affordable is due to the fact that it uses an existing TV as its display.
  • And as far as TV’s are concerned, they are really affordable!
  • You have more TV’s in India then safe drinking water taps!

-Derek Lomas 

how can a game dynamic convey health information
How can a game dynamic convey health information?
  • The game player is able to enact behaviors that are important to disease prevention, such as the eradication of mosquitoes or their sources.
  • By presenting public health activities in a challenging and fun game, children can develop an awareness of the importance of these activities.
proposed game mechanic
Proposed Game Mechanic
  • One of the most common video game mechanics involves the repetitive destruction of a large number of ‘enemies’. The eradication of pests, such as mosquitos, may therefore represent a similarly engaging game mechanic. This and other game mechanics may be combined with a game narrative about the dangers of malaria.

* Removing trash that produces mosquitos

* Preventing mosquitos from biting family members

* Buying important supplies such as a mosquito net

social factors
Social Factors
  • As these games are played on a family television set, they may also generate conversations among family members about the dangers of the disease and how to prevent them.
  • Thus , it can turn out to be an effective medium for bringing about awareness.
mosquito game
Mosquito Game
  • We are in a process of designing and implementing a game for NES which is on the same lines as discussed.
  • In the present version:
  • The player can kill the mosquitoes flying around, with a racket.
  • This is really quite fun and engaging.
  • The full version of the game still needs to be designed effectively.