Students Against Superbugs Africa
Care today, cure tomorrow.
Students Against Superbugs (SAS) Africa is a catalytic youth-driven initiative which seeks to mitigate the threat of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in African communities using a One Health Approach. We do this by empowering young people throughout Africa to be lead advocates in the fight against AMR. Young people account for majority of the population and are the future global leaders and stakeholders. Their active participation will play a huge role in curtailing this health burden. It is imperative that they are made aware of it early enough, and nurtured to help in transiting appropriate knowledge, attitudes, and practices to their respective communities.
Why Antimicrobial Resistance
Antimicrobial resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health putting the gains of the millennium development goals at risk and endangering the achievement of the sustainable development goals. Globally, antimicrobial-resistant infections are responsible for about 700,000 deaths per year. This figure is expected to increase rapidly to about 10 million deaths and a further USD 100 trillion in health care costs by 2050, if antimicrobial resistance is not put in check. Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to account for a larger proportion due to inadequate diagnostic capacity and routine surveillance for antimicrobial resistance. AMR has been on the rise in LMICs due to the following reasons;
This has been a concern because the rates of resistance have outpaced the discovery of novel antibiotics. In fact, no new major types of antibiotics have been developed in over 30 years while antibiotic use has risen to 40% in the past one and a half decade. Because the rate of discovery for new antibiotics is so low, it is paramount that existing antibiotics are used appropriately and rationally. We are lead advocates in this fight
Our Partners & Affiliates
Our mission is to mitigate the threat on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and improve the overall quality of life in African communities by empowering young people to be vocal AMR advocates through training and instilling in them the virtues of social responsibility by engaging them in effective education, infection prevention and control, research, and innovation programs using a One Health Approach
To be a lead youth-driven organization curtailing the threat of Antimicrobial Resistance in Africa and contribute actively to global solutions.
Our Core Values
The Broken Pipeline of Antibiotics and Ongoing Efforts to Fix it
Join us for an open webinar with CARB-X under the AMR Ambassadors Program for Young People in Africa to learn more about the
AMR leaders Program for Tertiary Level Students in Africa Mentorship Program
We are excited to share with you about the upcoming Antimicrobial Resistance Mentorship Program housed under our collaborative program with
“My Turn” Uganda Antimicrobial Resistance Students Competition and Physical Symposium
“My Turn” Uganda aims to provide a platform where tertiary level students in Uganda can present their ideas, and showcase