AMR Leadership Program
Brief Information about the Program
Antimicrobial Resistance Leaders Program for Tertiary Students in Africa (AMRLEP) is a program that seeks to empower students in Africa so that they become knowledgeable leaders ,problem solvers and solution providers for the Antimicrobial Resistance global health threat.
My Turn Uganda 2023
24th & 25th February 2023
The Goal Of The Program
Empowered student leaders in Africa who are problem solvers and solution providers for the Antimicrobial Resistance global health threat
Why Antimicrobial Resistance?
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a significant global threat to public health, food security and development today. In Africa, AMR has been documented to be a multisectoral problem exacerbated by a high burden of infectious diseases and weak healthcare systems. The existential COVID-19 pandemic has further complicated the situation.
Why young tertiary students and early career professionals?
Addressing AMR requires a multi-pronged approach that recognizes the need to engage multi-stakeholders. Young people are an important and valuable stakeholder in addressing the global health threat of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) since they are the next generation of public health professionals, the potential future antimicrobial prescribers, users, stewards, and policymakers in their professional practice. In 2021, ReAct Africa in partnership with Students Against Superbugs-Africa piloted the Antimicrobial Resistance Leadership Program for tertiary students in Africa (AMRLEP). The program seeks to equip the students with the relevant skills, strengthen their capacity and offer them support. These students can then lead student initiatives in their respective countries and empower other students to engage in AMR. The actions can be diverse including facilitating active engagements in AMR One Health clubs, partnering with other students to engage in research, raising AMR awareness, community engagement activities and developing innovative solutions that can help mitigate AMR among other activities.
Antimicrobial Resistance is a global health threat that requires the involvement of multi-stakeholders using a one health approach. Students are key change agents in addressing AMR. It is therefore important that we create, mentor and support knowledgeable and inspired AMR champions who understand that sustained action needs to be taken.”
Dr. Mirfin Mpundu
Director, React Africa
“Antimicrobial Resistance Leadership Program for Tertiary Students Africa (AMRLEP) played a key role in broadening my horizon, developing and strengthening my knowledge of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). The program sparkled and improved my passion and interest of contributing towards combating the global threats of AMR. It developed my research and advocacy skills, design thinking and project management skills. It also exposed me to unlimited global opportunities and strongly build and expand my network.
B.Sc. Microbiology Federal University Dutsin-ma, Nigeria