World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) 2020.

Our Engagement during WAAW week.

1:WAAW 2020 Kenyan Students’ Competition.

We organized a tertiary level students’ competition in Kenya under the theme “Real-life experiences on how COVID-19 has affected communities/individuals and its impact on Antimicrobial resistance” from 22nd October to 2nd November. This competition was with the Government of Kenya’s support and partnership with World Animal Protection (WAP), ReAct Africa, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, and Kenya Veterinary Association.

The competition, which attracted entries from different universities across Kenya, aimed to expose students to the negative impact caused by Antimicrobial resistance and the current COVID-19 scourge and trigger their interest in developing creative interventions. It consisted of two categories; photo-essay submissions and 1-minute video clips.

The winners of the contest in each category were announced and awarded during the WAAW Students’ National Hybrid webinar.

2: WAAW 2020 Students’ Hybrid Webinar.

On 21st November, we organized a Hybrid webinar for students from different countries on the African continent. The theme of the event was “United to Prevent Antimicrobial Resistance.

This webinar garnered support from Kenya’s Government in partnership with ReAct Africa, World Animal Protection, Global Development for Sustainable Development Data, Trans-disciplinary Consultants, University of Nairobi, and Kenya Veterinary Association.

The webinar incorporated a physical session held at Kenya National Theatre, Nairobi, and a virtual zoom session streamed live in the different social media handles.

The session was graced by high profile professionals deeply committed to the AMR cause. These included; Dr. Allan Azegele OGW, AMR focal person and Director of Veterinary Services at Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries Kenya, Dr. Evelyn Wesangula, AMR focal person and Head of Patient Safety Unit at Ministry of Health, Kenya, DR. Victor Yamo, Campaigns Manager, World Animal Protection Africa, Dr. John Mumbo, Senior Compliance and Enforcement Officer, National Environment Management, Kenya, Dr. Mirfin Mpundu, Director, ReAct Africa among others.

Moreover, Students had a chance to make presentations on how they can engage actively in the fight against antimicrobial resistance under a one health approach. There were two live musical performances and an awarding ceremony for the Kenyan tertiary level students’ competition winners.

You can watch the video below to see some of the amazing work conducted by the students during the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2021