Superbugs are a major problem in Tanzania. There are high levels of inappropriate use of antimicrobial medicine in both human and agricultural sectors and a very low awareness of the issue among public, professionals and policy makers. Antibiotics can be purchased widely without prescription, and regulation of community pharmacies is difficult and poorly resourced.
Several studies show levels of resistance are soaring.
But there is hope.
Young Tanzanian pharmacist, Erick Venant, is the founder of the non-governmental organisation RBA-Initiative, which runs ‘AMR School Clubs’ in the Dodoma region of Tanzania. These clubs aim to educate children about superbugs through a set of fun and creative activities so they can bring the message back to their families and communities.
There are currently three of these school clubs, all in the Dodoma region of Tanzania, but with your help and support, they hope to reach even more children across the country.
To do this, though, they need more resources. Nothing fancy – in fact, they’re things many people in different parts of the world would take for granted: a laptop, projector, a printer, and stationery. Basic, but transformative, tools that will fit inside a big carboard box.