Students create educational puppets to promote proper drug use

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Students create educational puppets to promote proper drug use
Students create educational puppets to promote proper drug use

UNAIR NEWS – On August 5, 2020, the Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemdikbud) officially announced the funding for 2019 proposals of Student Creativity Program (PKM). It was announced on https://simbelmawa.kemdikbud.go.id and UNAIR students were waiting with enthusiasm.

For some students, the announcement was like a rain falling after a long drought as it was delayed due to Covid-19 pandemic that hit the world.

Diah Ayu Laraswati, one of UNAIR students qualifying the PKM Entrepreneurship funding program, said she was very happy with the announcement.

“Hopefully it will go well and give opportunity to qualify for PIMNAS 33,” hoped the Pharmacy Faculty student on Monday, September 21, 2020.

Ayu and her teammates wrote a proposal in entrepreneurship category about PHARMABOO. They (Ayu and team, ed) created products which are a combination of intellectual and creativity transformed into a doll.

The dolls are not just any dolls, but promoting information about Get, Use, Save and Dispose Program (DAGUSIBU). It is a drug awareness family movement initiated by the Indonesian Pharmacists Association (API) with the aim of providing understanding and awareness to the public regarding the correct use of drugs.

However, due to the pandemic situation, the design, planning and production processes were carried out separately. However, it is coordinated through regular meetings held online.

It was done that way because team members live in different regions and time zones, in Surabaya, Blitar, Banjarmasin, and one of the students is even currently undergoing an student exchange in South Korea.

However, this obstacle was not a big problem, especially regarding coordination. The plan is that PHARMABOO team will launch the first series of DAGUSIBU. According to Ayu, this series uses characters taken from several animals and their Latin names, including Furo (Ferret), Auro (Hamster), Chiro (bat), and Moro (Snake).

Muhammad Fuad Izzatulfikri, a member of the PHARMABOO team, explained their reason for using animal characters. According to him, it was based on several reasons, including the Moro (Snake), an animal in the logo of Pharmacy or Chiro (Bat) logo which was inspired by an animal that was suspected to be the initial cause of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“For production activities, we collaborate with vendors in Bogor City because our country is currently hit by an economic downturn. We (the PHARMABOO team, ed) hope that we can help revive the economy in Indonesia through cooperation activities with UKM, “concluded Fuad. (*)

Author: Muhammad Wildan Suyuti

Editor: Feri Fenoria Rifa’i

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