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FAMSA ANTIBIOTICS AWARENESS WEEK REPORT

FAMSA ANTIBIOTICS AWARENESS WEEK REPORT

It was an exciting, educative fun-filled one week period where medical students all across Africa, under the umbrella of the Federation of African Medical Students Associations (FAMSA) raised their voices to create awareness on antibiotic resistance.

The sensitization campaign took place from Monday 14th – Sunday 20th November 2016; With theme ‘Stop antibiotics misuse’, FAMSA organized both online and offline activities to commemorate this event.

Some of which were;

  • Dissemination of electronic banners and billboards carrying messages on antibiotic resistance via all social media platforms using the hash tag ‘‘stop antibiotic misuse’
  • Pictures of medical students and other people from all walks of life carrying a message on antibiotic resistance.
  • In collaboration with a non-governmental organization (Dr. SEA initiative) we made a video in very simple language educating the general public on causes, consequences of antibiotic resistance as well as preventive measures to avoid this global upcoming crisis
  • Various medical student associations organized debates in their various institutions in the topic ‘Should antibiotics be used as an over-the counter drug’ and so much more.

About 1000 people took part in the campaign and it was a huge success. However, there is still a lot to be done with regards to the subject matter.

Antibiotics resistance is real so…… STOP ANTIBIOTIC MISUSE!!!

NJANG M. EMMANUEL
(FAMSA PRESIDENT)

 

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