SAS Africa AMR Gamification Project
Gamification and game based learning goes beyond the scope of pure entertainment. Gamification can be described as ‘the use of game design elements in non-game contexts’ while game based learning can be defined as ‘learning facilitated by the use of a game.’ With a distinct learning agenda, the two models encourage learning through interaction with real world issues. The models provide an environment where learning can happen in fun, and competitive way. This has been shown to increase learners’ motivation. There are several studies that report the immense potential of gamification in improving AMR knowledge with better retention that conventional ways of learning. Our major aim is to create simple and serious games tailored towards specific groups that will help raise awareness on Antimicrobial Resistance. The major focus is on groups with little understanding about Antimicrobial Resistance. Our first project which is currently ongoing is a collaboration with the School of Public Health, University of Manchester led by Dr. Harrison Rogers.
Meet the team
Sara is a game expert and has deep interest in utilization of gamification and game-based learning in education. She is a lecturer at King Abdul-Aziz University, Saudi Arabia. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Education Technology as University of Manchester. She offers consultation and guidance in the game development process.
Daniel Waruingi is the Co-founder and Head of Programs at Students Against Superbugs Africa. He is a pharmacy student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya. He serves as the co-head of the team
Anastacia is a student of Biomedical Sciences at the College of Health Sciences of Makerere University in Uganda. She enjoys challenging herself to think outside of the box and come up with innovative solutions to complex problems. She is enthusiastic about teamwork and community engagement, as she believes together we can achieve much more. She serves as one of the co-project leaders for the project.
Nada is a Ph.D. student in Microbiology at Alexandria University, Egypt. Her research focuses on studying antimicrobial resistance with a One Health approach. She is also interested in communicating science to the public in a fun way.
Kara is student at Westview High School in San Diego, California, USA. Kara is passionate about initiating science-related projects aimed at mitigating Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). One of her project includes the Nano-Silver Liquid bandage. She also educates the public about AMR through popular games such as Animal Crossing to facilitate effective understanding.
Poonam Naik is a PhD scholar at LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India. Her current research is primarily on Antibiotic resistant endophthalmitis specifically MRSA and MDR- Pseudomonas aeruginosa which is a major vision threatening condition in India.
Kisuza Ruth Ketty
Ruth is a Cytology student at Makerere University, Uganda. Ruth also serves as the Guild Representative Councilor for the School of Biomedical Sciences at Makerere University. She strongly believes that Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is a silent pandemic in Africa that requires everyone to join the fight to curb it. She has particular interests in AMR, and the intersection between planetary health and human health.
Cynthia Wawira Nyaga
Cynthia is a pharmacist by profession. She is passionate about healthcare in particular Antimicrobial Resistance.
Kaleebi is a cytotechnology student at Makerere University, Uganda. His is passionate about raising awareness about Antimicrobial Resistance in fun and easily comprehendible way.
Emily is a molecular biology and biochemistry researcher. She completed her bachelor's thesis at the University of Dayton, USA, entitled "Combating antibiotic resistance using plant derived compounds", in May 2020. Currently, Emily is a Fulbright Researcher with the Centre for Antibiotic Resistance Research (CARe) at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Gerald is a finalist student of a bachelor in science of Cytotechnology at Makerere University, Uganda. He is a leader in Makerere College of Health Sciences student's association and Makerere University Cytotechnology Student's Association.
Storyboard Developer. Nakayiki Mildred is a Biomedical Sciences student at the College of Health Sciences of Makerere University. She is passionate about Antimicrobial Resistance and neglected diseases ’research.
Other students supporting the project
Sandirose is a pharmacy student at United States International University, Kenya. Sandirose has an interest in sustainable practices of drug formulation, dispensing and environmental practices. Sandirose is a goal oriented person who works well under pressure. From her vast clinical knowledge, she is sensitive about the magnitude of the Antimicrobial Resistance threat.
Yvvette Selly Adhiambo
Yvvette is a nursing student at Kenya Methodist University, Kenya. She is passionate about creating awareness on antimicrobial resistance, and mental health. Yvvette appreciates teamwork and aspires to incorporate technology in the provision of health.
Alexander is a biochemist at the Technical University of Kenya. He is passionate about science, research and technology and takes pleasure in finding solutions to scientific problems and making the world a better place.
Cynthia Kemunto Machogu
Cynthia is a third year pharmacy student at Kenya Methodist University, Kenya. She is passionate about improving the operation of the healthcare system through creating antimicrobial resistance awareness and competent pharmacist in future.
Brian is a biomedical laboratory technology student at Makerere University, Uganda. Brian is a highly motivated and hardworking student who has acquired extensive knowledge in the field of microbiology and antimicrobial resistance, molecular biology, parasitology and the aspects of biosafety and biosecurity.
Victor Kenneth Baraza
UX Design and storyboard developer Victor is a doctor in training at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and an innovator in the HealthTech space. He enjoys coming up with actionable novel solutions to challenges and taking up entrepreneurial activities. He is the Chief Vision Officer of Tawy Health, a medical startup that aims to increase access to affordable, quality healthcare services in Africa.
Gillian Faith Kariuki
Gillian is a medical student at Kenya Methodist University, Kenya. She is a research, Antimicrobial Resistance and content creation enthusiast.
Robinah Namagembe, a final year nursing student at Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Kampala, Uganda. A student leader and an early career researcher with particular interest in patient preferences and experiences, women health and AMR. She is passionate about innovation, antimicrobial stewardship and empowering fellow young people to lead.
Yusuf Babatunde is a fifth year pharmacy student at the University of Ilorin. He is a researcher with a special interest in Antimicrobial Resistance, One Health, Artificial Intelligence, and Gamification. He has led various team's on global health projects targeting the young as agents on change.
Kyembe Ignatius Salachi
Ignatius is a medical student at Copperbelt University, Zambia. He is passionate about Antimicrobial Resistance and innovations in global health. Ignatius believes that string health systems leaderships, healthcare, Tec-innovations and social Entrepreneurship are among the key pillars to bring sustainable healthcare development in Zambia, South African region and Africa as a whole.
Malik Olatunde is a Medical Student, at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. Malik is passionate about writing, academic research, public health, global health, and the One Health approach in disease prevention and control.