Before attending AMR Club, I’d never heard of antimicrobial resistance
In my community, many people have a tendency to share medicine – even with our animals. For example, my family rear chickens at home, and whenever the animals got sick, we used to buy antibiotics that were meant for humans and feed them to the chickens.
Attending an AMR club has made a huge difference to my life. I have learnt about so many things, like the importance of hand-washing and hygiene, how to identify fake medicine, and the importance of always completing the full course of antibiotics (even after feeling well). I’ve also learnt that we should never share our medicine with anyone.
Now that I have this knowledge, I have educated my family about the threat of antimicrobial resistance, who in turn have passed on the message to their friends. We don’t share our medicine with the chickens anymore!
ANTIBIOTICS AND FARMING
- Scientific evidence shows that overuse of antibiotics in animals contributes to the emergence of antibiotic resistance
- In some countries, approximately 80% of total consumption of medically important antibiotics is in the animal sector
- WHO strongly recommends an overall reduction in the use of all classes of medically important antibiotics in food-producing animals
How you can help
While the team are doing a great job, COVID has made physical workshops difficult to run. That’s why they’re looking for help to:
- Create a suite of digital resources based on their workshops, enabling children to keep learning about superbugs even if they can’t physically attend a session
- Develop and promote their website, so it can be a resource hub for children across India
- Undertake an external evaluation of existing resources to ensure they’re of a high standard
- Fund a paid member of staff. Superheroes against Superbugs is staffed by volunteers currently, but they’re seeking funding so they can employ a full-time member of staff to help them take the project to the next level.