Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is a slow, silent pandemic and one of the top ten global health threats.  AMR occurs when an antimicrobial drug which would typically cure infections by killing the harmful microorganisms that cause them, no longer works because the microorganisms have become resistant to the drug.

The cost of AMR is significant: prolonged illness and hospital admissions, death, disability, the need for more expensive medicines, the cost of research into new drugs, and financial challenges for those impacted. According to the 2022 Lancet report, AMR is currently responsible for 4.95 million deaths per year, worldwide, and this number is projected to increase to 10 million deaths annually by 2050, leading to an estimated economic loss of $100 trillion, as stated by the O’Neill Report.

Quote from an Ambassador
“I've learned about the proper ways to take antimicrobial drugs as recommended, and not taking the wrong antimicrobials for the right microbes. The Club's discussion about health has further encouraged me to fulfill my dream of becoming a medical doctor.”- Male Student, DRASA Youth Ambassador
“I am lucky to have been selected as a part of the Health and Hygiene Club and as I teach others, I feel like a teacher giving them useful tips. They ask me questions and I answer them from the knowledge I have.”- Female Student, DRASA Youth Ambassador
Our Solutions

DRASA’s contribution to the fight against AMR includes:

1. Establishing Health and Hygiene Clubs: We develop and deploy a customized, interactive curriculum taught to students who join the Health Hygiene Clubs we establish in their secondary schools. Student members are called DRASA Ambassadors and through these Health and Hygiene Clubs, they learn about topics like germ transmission, handwashing, personal hygiene, environmental sanitation, antimicrobial resistance, responsible use of antimicrobials, sexual and reproductive health, sexually transmitted diseases, food safety, and menstrual hygiene, among others.

2. Conducting Healthworker Training: We are actively involved in training health workers to help reduce abuse and misuse of antimicrobials through good stewardship practices.

3. Developing Strategies and Policies: We support the development, implementation and review of national AMR strategies, plans and policies to ensure adoption, from the national level down to the facilities and communities.