The Story of Bobo consists of two animated short films Be HIV free and Be AWARE, take CARE.
Be HIV free tells in a simple way how the hiv-virus works inside the human body.
Be AWARE, take CARE shows how medicines (antiretrovirals or ARV’s) work inside the body and what happens if you do not take your medicines on time or stop taking them.
The many questions about the hiv-virus raised by children, adolescents and adults who played the game LOVE.check inspired the idea for the animated films. Originally, the animations were made for children in South Africa, but they proved suitable to a much wider audience. By now, there are versions in over 20 different languages.
Every culture, population or family has different views on sexual relations. What is said in the animations about, for instance, ABC is just one of many ideas that are out there. At the time these films were made, ABC (abstinence, be faithful and use a condom) was the most common form of prevention. It goes without saying that your norms and values regarding a healthy sexual relationship are yours to determine, as long as the opinions, health and rights of adults and children are respected.
Be AWARE, take CARE (2005) was made by: Aljen Hoekstra, Joost Lieuwma, Bento Kassies, and Bastiaan Swager
Be HIV Free (2007) was made by: Aljen Hoekstra, Joost Lieuwma, Bento Kassies, and Bastiaan Swager with the support of Gerrit Elbrink, Wip Vernooij and Marcel Smetsers
Expert advice & support: Linda van der Knaap, hiv nurse in Sophia Children’s Hospital of the Rotterdam Erasmus Medical Centre, Christien Broecheler, Gosia Grubba, Cynthia Jordan, Hugo Tempelman, a Dutch doctor working in South Africa, and WEB.foundation
Singer: the nationally and internationally renowned singer Suzanna Lobrano sings the song in Be HIV free.
Financial support: Abbott BV, Dutch Aids Fonds and the Charity Arm of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group.
Design: Daniëlle Mercx-Schaffelaars, Il Panda
speech of Richard Branson (just for windows)