Roche partners with the Kolisi Foundation, One by One Target Campaign Covid and Transnet to launch the free COVID-19 children’s book

  • The new resource aims to help parents and caregivers explain to children the ongoing changes due to COVID-19

  • Digital book available in seven languages, including English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa and Setswana, and free hard copies distributed by the Kolisi and Transnet Foundation

JOHANNESBURG, August 30, 2021– (BUSINESS WIRE) –Roche and the The Kolisi Foundation has released a children’s book today, Keto and Zuri Learn more about COVID-19, which will help parents and caregivers across Africa explain COVID-19 to children by sharing scientific facts in age-appropriate language. The book can be downloaded free of charge from both the Kolisi Foundation and Roche websitesand a limited edition of free printed copies will be distributed throughout Africa in seven languages.

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Roche partners with the Kolisi Foundation, One By One Target Covid Campaign and Transnet to launch the free children’s book COVID-19 (Graphic: Business Wire)

“We recognize the confusion and concern that children may face as a result of the pandemic and changes in the behaviors of those around them. Similarly, we know the difficulties that many parents and caregivers share in explaining the facts. scientists and public health policies to their children, “said Bart Vanhauwere, Africa’s chief Roche. “This book aims to present the realities of COVID-19 in an easily digestible and accessible way to help children and adults understand the changes caused by the pandemic and continue to take steps to stay healthy.”

“We often notice that the families we know need information as well as more practical support. That’s why the Kolisi Foundation is proud to collaborate in the creation of this book. It helps children understand COVID-19 and “Emphasizes the importance of health and safety behaviors, to protect yourself and your family and friends. The full-color illustration is visually appealing and the book is published in several languages,” said Valerie Anderson. director of operations and programs of the Kolisi Foundation.

In South Africa, Transnet, a 25-year-old partner of Roche, will distribute a limited printed supply of books through Trains Phelophepa. These two trains, of which Roche is the main external sponsor, are free and mobile health clinics that are now dedicated to screening, testing and raising awareness of COVID-19 for people living in rural communities.

The One by One Covid target campaign is also a partner of Keto and Zuri Learn more about COVID-19. The Campaign proudly supports the distribution of the new children’s book in Uganda, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. To help spread awareness, they announced the creation of the book to their AfricaCovidChampions, who gathered in an effort to spread reliable information about COVID-19.

AfricaCovidChampions is a new initiative that includes some of the most prominent African celebrities, media personalities, journalists and influential sports, entertainment, business, cultural and religious communities. Highlights include Heritier Wanabe (musician), Simon Mwewa Lane (TV presenter), Joseph Kusaga (media owner), Jeff Koinange (journalist / talk show host) and Gift Ali (player). Ugandan football / sports personality). . These influencers are committed to serving as powerful advocates for public health and will help the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reach people with the essential information needed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. .

Digital copies of the children’s book can be downloaded here. It is available in several languages, including English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa Setswana, Portuguese, and French:

About Roche

Roche is a global pioneer in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics focused on advancing science to improve people’s lives. The combined strengths of pharmaceuticals and diagnostics under one roof have made Roche the leader in personalized healthcare, a strategy that aims to tailor the right treatment to each patient in the best possible way.

Roche is the largest biotechnology company in the world, with truly differentiated drugs in oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, ophthalmology, and diseases of the central nervous system. Roche is also the world leader in in vitro diagnosis and tissue-based cancer diagnosis and one of the leaders in diabetes management.

Founded in 1896, Roche continues to look for better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat disease and contribute sustainably to society. The company also aims to improve patient access to medical innovations by working with all relevant stakeholders. More than thirty drugs developed by Roche are included in the World Health Organization’s model lists of essential drugs, including life-saving antibiotics, antimalarials, and cancer drugs. In addition, for the twelfth consecutive year, Roche has been recognized as one of the most sustainable companies in the pharmaceutical industry by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).

The Roche group, based in Basel, Switzerland, is active in more than 100 countries and in 2020 employed more than 100,000 people worldwide. In 2020, Roche invested 12.2 billion francs in R&D and had a turnover of 58.3 billion francs. Genentech, in the United States, is a member of the Roche Group. Roche is the majority shareholder in Chugai Pharmaceutical, Japan. For more information, visit

About the Kolisi Foundation

Founded by Siya and Rachel Kolisi, the Kolisi Foundation has a vision to change the narratives of inequality in South Africa. Seek to support people living in low-income communities in South Africa by providing support resources, facilitating capacity building and horizontal learning exchanges, and mobilizing and advocating for systemic change.

Driven by its motto of “remembering one, one by one”, the Kolisi Foundation invests in researching, piloting and developing projects focused on three programmatic areas: food security, gender-based violence and education and sports development.

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Caitriona Hennessy
Head of Communications, Africa

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