As a freelance writer, John has written over a dozen Medi-Kidz 32 page comic books for the Medi-Kidz corporation. In each issue, John takes difficult to understand medical concepts and explains them in a manner that allows children as young as five to understand their a medical issue (or in some cases a Parent’s medical issue), what they can expect for treatment and the results. The projects are often sponsored by global medical organizations and charities such as the American Cancer Society, Epilepsy Foundation, Children’s Brain Tumor Research Center, and many more.
Credibility is the cornerstone to the Medikidz offering – professional medical writers and doctors write all the content, which is subsequently peer-reviewed by leading consultants in each respective field. Medikidz also gains the endorsement of established and well-regarded medical institutions, foundations and spokespeople. Medikidz has established a Medical Advisory Board, consisting of dozens of the world’s preeminent physicians, as well as a Youth Advisory Board, a group of young people aged 6-16 years old, affected by illness, whose voice and opinion help to shape the direction of Medikidz.
- What’s Up With Paris? Medikidz Explain Childhood OverweightShopping with friends should be the highlight of any teenage girl’s weekend – even if there’s more browsing than actual shopping. But for twelve year-old Paris the experience is less than fun; the clothes are too small, she hates the way she looks, and the shop assistant has all the sympathy of a brick.Luckily the Medikidz, a group of super-powered action heroes with attitude, are on hand to help Paris understand what’s going on! Pump, Chi, Skinderella, Gastro, Axon and Abacus each have their own exceptional abilities and characteristics to ensure that their particular brand of edutainment is always informative and medically accurate. In order for Paris to understand how to maintain a healthy weight, the Medikidz first need to teach her exactly how the human body works… and what better way than by taking her on a tour inside the digestive system!
Join Paris as the Medikidz take her on an adventure inside Mediland (a distant planet shaped like a human body) and explain all about the different types of fuel the human body needs and the way in which they are digested. Along the way Paris will dodge teeth the size of buildings, brave the corrosive waters of the stomach, learn to control her weight effectively and just maybe teach that shop assistant a thing or two…
Millions of children worldwide are diagnosed every day with conditions that even their parents may find difficult to comprehend. Most children don’t understand their medical conditions, or associated investigations, procedures and treatments, and are often scared by what is going on around them.
That is where the Medikidz come into action! The Medikidz are five energetic, larger-than-life superheroes on a mission to help young people understand illness and medical concepts. Chi, Pump, Skinderella, Axon and Gastro take children on a journey through Mediland – an outerspace planet shaped just like the human body – to explain the diagnosis, investigation, treatment and prevention of different medical conditions.
As well as the 25 current comic book titles on paediatric conditions (such as Epilepsy, Scoliosis, Leukaemia and Cystic Fibrosis) Medikidz have also produced titles relating to adult conditions, so that a parent/loved one, when faced with a diagnosis, has somewhere to turn to help them explain it to their children. Already published is “What’s Up With Mum? Medikidz Explain Breast Cancer” and “What’s Up With Dad? Medikidz Explain Melanoma” and next in this series will be, “What’s Up With Grandpa? Medikidz Explain Alzheimer’s Disease”, with Colon Cancer, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Schizophrenia to follow. Medikidz keep on getting approached all the time to write on new conditions – infact now there is a list of 300 to do! Medikidz also produce pamphlets and brochures explaining paediatrically-licensed medicines (increased understanding can lead to improved adherence) and hospitals investigations, such as “Medikidz Explain MRI Scan” or “Medikidz Explain Endoscopy”.
Since launch in September 2009, for which Archbishop Desmond Tutu was the spokesperson, Medikidz has distributed over 1,000,000 comic books globally, demonstrating in this short space of time, the definite, substantial and unsatisfied need the Medikidz initiative!