5th September 2022

This autumn will see a new strategy for BSAC’s Stop Superbugs initiative, which will focus on the creation of a network of community projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Co-ordinated by Erick Venant, Diana Legacy Award recipient and founder of the RBA Initiative, the network aims to build on Stop Superbugs’ work over the last eighteen months to help tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in sub-Sharan Africa and inspire others around the world to do the same.

The findings of the GRAM Report, which was published earlier this year, make it clear that AMR is now a leading cause of death worldwide, contributing to more than 5 million deaths in 2019 alone. Not only that, but the report singled out sub-Saharan Africa as having the highest death rate attributable to drug-resistant infections anywhere in the world.

With that in mind, we have decided to concentrate our efforts on precisely that area. The Stop Superbugs Network is a growing collective of existing projects across sub-Saharan Africa, focusing primarily on three areas: education, sanitation and communication.

Over the coming months, Erick will help us identify existing projects throughout the region, and then help identify gaps in their resources, be that the need for stationary or equipment (as with our previous school-in-a-box programme), digital resources and lesson plans, mentoring, additional funding, or help with access to water, sanitation and hygiene facilities.

The hope is that by educating the next generation about superbugs, installing handwashing facilities and spreading the word in the wider community, these projects aim to be bigger than the sum of their parts, supporting each other’s work and inspiring others to join the Stop Superbugs movement.

Have a project in sub-Saharan Africa that you think we should know about?  Let Erick know about your work, here: Erick@StopSuperbugs.co.uk

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