Antimicrobials – including antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals and antiparasitics – are medicines used to prevent and treat infections in humans, animals and plants. Antimicrobial resistance threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi.AMR occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and no longer respond to medicines making infections harder to treat and increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death. As a result, the medicines become ineffective and infections persist in the body, increasing the risk of spread to others. Antibiotic resistance is recognized as a One Health challenge because of the rapid emergence and dissemination of resistant bacteria and genes among humans, animals and the environment on a global scale. AMR is affected by a huge number of interdependent factors spanning human and animal health, pharmaceuticals, food and agriculture, environment, trade and finance making it one of the most complex public health challenges the world has faced. Meeting that challenge is beyond the ability of any single organization or government. Containing and controlling AMR demands coordinated, international action across a broad range of sectors.
What intend to do:
I have been intensively involved in the proposal writing which we have already submitted to ReAct Africa that we did in a group of four people on antibiotic residues in animal products in selected common Kampala markets. Which I hope to continue with if selected among the best.