An infectious-disease-themed jukebox that’s part of a new exhibit at the Wellcome Collection in London features a song developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The song, “Play Your Part,” performed by Nigerian superstar 2face Idibia, aims to help Nigerians protect themselves from malaria. “Malaria free is a possibility,” he sings. “It will take a lot of effort from you and me.”
The Wellcome Collection is a free museum with a mission to challenge how people think and feel about health. The jukebox is part of a new permanent exhibit at the museum, “Being Human,” that explores issues of trust, identity, and health in the changing world of the 21st century.
Additional tracks included on the jukebox from around the world include “He’s Behind You, He’s Got Swine Flu,” “Let’s Talk About PrEP” and “State of Emergency,” written to raise awareness about Ebola.
CCP has a long history of using song to relay public health messages. “Play Your Part” was created in 2015 as the theme song for Nigeria’s national Malaria Elimination Program and appeared on an episode of Newman Street, a television drama created by CCP and its partners and funded by USAID/President’s Malaria Initiative and others. The song shares practical advice for being proactive to prevent malaria, which is spread by infected mosquitoes.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on September 27