“I’m going to work at the Health Service. What now?” Answering these and other questions common to those working on the front lines of the fight against Covid-19 is the main objective of a series of educational cards produced by students at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA). The experience in preparing the material, aimed especially at nursing professionals, was highlighted in an article recently published by Revista Tecnologia e Sociedade, from the Federal Technological University of Paraná (UTFPR).

The publication describes the entire creative process for the construction of graphic pieces developed by undergraduate students of the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interdisciplinary in Health and Nutrition. Since last year, they have been part of Permanecer, a program of the Affirmative Action, Education and Diversity Coordination of the Dean of Student Assistance at UFBA.

“Among the activities offered to scholarship holders, we held a workshop to assist them in using the tools of video creation, designer and editing software. This knowledge was fundamental for the design of the campaign and to ensure communication with nursing professionals, which is the focus of the pieces ”, explains Gilson Rabelo, designer at the Instituto de Saúde Coletiva, responsible for guiding the fellows.

The work conceived by the group is the result of a partnership between the Center for Technology of Learning and Knowledge in Health (Nutacs) at UFBA and the Nursing Committee for Coping with COVID-19, formed by representatives of nursing unions from the public and private sectors. private Bahia, Regional Nursing Council (Coren-BA), Brazilian Nursing Association (ABEn-BA) and the UFBA School of Nursing. The actions were discussed and elaborated with students, technicians and teachers from the Schools of Nursing, School of Nutrition and from the Institute of Collective Health at UFBA.

“Nursing is at the forefront of the fight against covid-19 and is an extremely important profession in this fight. Therefore, there is a great need to publicize actions to prevent and effectively combat the pandemic ”, observes Cátia Romano, professor at the UFBA School of Nursing and administrative coordinator of Nutacs.

In addition to providing guidance on how to prevent contamination by the new coronavirus in health services, the pieces created by the fellows also provide tips on the organization of patients in the triage services of the Basic Health Units (UBS) and measures to be adopted by health workers. nursing at home. The graphic content is based on guidelines released by the World Health Organization (WHO), Pan American Health Organization, Ministry of Health, National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa), Federal Nursing Council (Cofen) and Regional Nursing Council ( Coren).

“Based on this official information, we seek to create graphic materials that help and inform mainly professionals who work in the process of screening patients at Basic Health Units. The idea is, precisely, to avoid both contamination of these workers and other patients, as well as their own family members ”, highlights Catarina dos Santos, a scholarship holder from Permanecer and a graduate student at the BA in Plastic Arts at UFBA.

With respect to social distance, activities were developed remotely, from discussions to define the theme of the pieces to the stages of construction of the material. “The meetings were held via Skype to define how all materials that were requested for joint discussion would be evaluated and organized. From that, we defined the image bank that would be used so that we could produce all the graphic pieces ”, explains Annanda Carla Menezes, scholarship holder of Permanecer and undergraduate student of the Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Health at UFBA.

For Marcele Paim, professor at the Collective Health Institute at UFBA, this type of collaborative construction gives viability to the interdisciplinary work and solidarity of the participants, who contribute with their own skills in favor of the collective, since the suspension of teaching activities at UFBA, in March 2020. “The public university demonstrates that, even in adverse conditions and fragilities of remote structures, it is possible to build and contribute with its diversity and expertise in preventing and combating covid-19”, he concludes.

In addition to the production of graphic materials aimed at nursing professionals, Nutacs should soon launch a booklet on healthy eating, developed in partnership with the UFBA School of Nutrition. The idea is to guide students’ parents and offer dynamics at school through a playful and accessible language.

To learn more about the Covid-19 graphic project created for nursing professionals, click here and access the article with the full account of the experience. The cards can also be viewed through the COVID-19 Nursing Committee for Coping page on Instagram ( @ comiteenfbahiacovid19 ).