Initiatives aimed at increasing understanding about antimicrobial resistance amongst patients and the public and supporting actions that reduce antimicrobial resistance and secure effective antimicrobial medicines – for now and future generations.Add initiative details
Superbugs are a major problem in Tanzania. There are high levels of inappropriate use of antimicrobial medicine in both human and agricultural sectors and a very low awareness of the issue among public, professionals and policy makers. Antibiotics can be purchased widely without prescription, and regulation of community pharmacies is difficult and poorly resourced.
Several studies show levels of resistance are soaring.
But there is hope.
Young Tanzanian pharmacist, Erick Venant, is the founder of the non-governmental organisation RBA-Initiative, which runs ‘AMR School Clubs’ in the Dodoma region of Tanzania. These clubs aim to educate children about superbugs through a set of fun and creative activities so they can bring the message back to their families and communities.
Stop Superbugs is a global health initiative led by the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC). The initiative recognises that good work is already happening all around the world. Practical, local projects driven by passionate volunteers are helping to save lives by promoting good hygiene, education on effective use of antibiotics and providing WASH facilities for communities.