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Study highlights need for greater AMR awareness in Africa
Africa food security research.

Report provides insight into the development of future initiatives.

New research highlighting some of the problems surrounding antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in parts of Africa has identified a need for a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to the threat of AMR in these areas.

Led by the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and Research England, the study explores specific AMR issues and challenges in low and middle-income countries (LMIC). Researchers looked specifically at the status of AMR management in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, and compare their progress at a national level.

The findings highlight a need for greater capacity in LMIC in areas such as AMR awareness, stewardship programmes, socio-economic impact, communication and stakeholder engagement.
They also show that the adoption of technology for infectious diseases and AMR will require a different set of skills, data integration, more effective communication and greater stakeholder involvement. 

A serious threat to global health, AMR is driven by the inappropriate use of antimicrobials and an overall lack of knowledge about disease emergence and spread.

Low and middle-income countries are at a much higher risk of AMR owing to the high incidence of infectious diseases and factors such as poor sanitation and contaminated water. The problem is made worse by limited access to antibiotics, weak health systems and underdeveloped antibiotic stewardship.

Professor Claire Heffernan, director of the London International Development Centre and Professor of International Development at the RVC, said: “This report is both relevant and timely as we consider the global impact of infectious disease and antimicrobial resistance, following the events of 2020.

"By exploring knowledge exchange activities in the East Africa region, it provides useful insight to the development of future initiatives, and outlines pathways and pipelines for further research and collaboration in this space.”

The study, 'East Africa Case Study: UK-Africa collaborations in combatting Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)', was undertaken by Prospect IP on behalf of The Bloomsbury SET.

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Born Free video highlights how humans are to blame for COVID-19

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 Wildlife charity Born Free has released a video emphasising the importance of changing the ways in which humans treat wildlife in order to prevent pandemics from occurring in the future.

The video, narrated by founder patron Joanna Lumley OBE, says: "To deal with the very immediate threat of another global catastrophe, we have to focus on ending the destruction and conversion of natural habitats and the devastating impact of the wildlife trade.

"The vast majority of these viruses originated in wild animals before infecting us. Destroying and exploiting nature puts us in closer contact with wildlife than ever before."

Born Free has compiled an online resource with information on how to take action and improve protections for wildlife here.

To view the video, please click here.

Images (c) Jan Schmidt-Burbach. 

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RVC opens 2021 Summer Schools applications

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has opened applications for its 2021 Summer Schools, with students in Years 10, 11 and 12 invited to apply.

Taking place between July and August 2021, the event gives budding vets from all backgrounds first-hand insight into what it's like to study at the Campus.

Much of this year's content is likely to be delivered virtually, including online lectures and practical demonstrations, but the RVC hopes to welcome each of the participants to campus for at least one day to gain some hands-on experience.

For more information about the Schools and to apply, visit: Applications close on the 2 March 2021.