Uganda Antimicrobial Resistance Students Competition and Physical Symposium, “My Turn” 2023, aimed to provide a platform to tertiary level students in Uganda, to present their ideas, and showcase potential projects developed with an aim to mitigate the threat of Antimicrobial Resistance. The Symposium is under the AMR leaders Program. This symposium was jointly organized by ReAct Africa, Students Against Superbugs Africa and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)-led One Health Research, Education and Outreach Centre in Africa with support from The Foundation to Prevent Antibiotic Resistance. The theme of the symposium was, ‘Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Together’.
Young people are important and valuable stakeholders in addressing the global health threat of AMR since they are the next generation of public health professionals; the potential future antimicrobial prescribers, users, stewards, and policymakers in their professional practice. With a One Health focus of the students in attendance, the symposium also provided them with an opportunity meet, network, present their ideas and showcase the AMR work they have been engaged in.
The objectives of the symposium were:
- To provide a platform where tertiary level students in Uganda can showcase their work, ideas, potential projects, innovative AMR prevention and mitigation solutions insert in line with the WAAW 2022 theme. “Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance together”.
- To provide an opportunity that facilitates cross learning across various disciplines in a one health approach and promote the AMR Leadership Program (AMRLEP) Platform for sustainable and continuous learning.
- To ensure Knowledge and skills that are necessary for active and effective contribution in developing, implementing and supporting interventions on Antimicrobial Resistance prevention and control have been inculcated among young people in Uganda and Africa.
The symposium brought together participants from 9 tertiary institutions in Uganda which were Busitema University, Kabale University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Gulu University, Kampala International University, Hoima School of Nursing and Midwifery, Ishaka Adventist School of Allied Health Sciences, Islamic University and Makerere University. There were also representatives from institutions like Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Health, World Health Organization, Vétérinaires sans Frontières Germany , Food and Agriculture Organization, Infectious Diseases Institute Uganda and Academicians. This symposium took place from 3rd March to 4th March 2023 in Kampala, Uganda.
You can read more about the symposium in an article by the International Livestock Research Institute through the link below: