The overuse and misuse of antibiotics can lead to the emergence of drug resistant bacteria, known as Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). AMR has risen alarmingly over the last 40 years and the discovery of new antibiotics cannot keep up.
AMR is a global problem that impacts all countries and all people, regardless of their wealth or status which is why this has been recognised by the World Health Organisation as a top public health priority. Resistant bacteria respect neither geographical nor ecological borders and the problem needs to be addressed from a “One Health” approach.
A Commonwealth Partnership for Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) scheme between Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Nottingham Trent University and the Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda has been set up to raise awareness of AMR and careful use of antibiotics in the Wakiso District of Uganda.
The project aims to educate and train Healthcare Practitioners in AMS, to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics for future generations. The Health Practitioners will in turn, educate and train Community Health Workers who are volunteers to support immunisations, mobilise public health issues and support childhood illness management. They are ideally placed to engage with large communities to spread these important messages but require resources to do this. The "field office" pictured above is used by the Community Health Workers as a place to seek medical treatment and advice but relies on voluntary funds to keep it running.
The money we raise will be used to support the project by creating extra educational resource materials to support the field office to educate the wider community on the importance of using antibiotics correctly and only when needed.
Outside the Field Office following a meeting amongst community members of AMS.
Community Health Workers outside a Health Centre in the Wakiso District in Uganda.
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