KABSOM Students present at the African Regional Conference organised by React Africa Network South Center Conference 23
In an engaging exchange of ideas at the Antimicrobial Resistance at React Africa Network South Center Conference 23 (#RANSCConference23) in Lusaka, Zambia, students from Kabale University School of Medicine took the forefront in discussing pivotal themes, with one particularly captivating topic cantered around the continued momentum of the #AMR agenda across diverse sectors and levels.
The event, held from 14th to 16th August, brought together students, academics, and professionals from across the African continent to discuss critical issues and innovative solutions.
The conference running under the theme “Leave no one behind-advancing one health National Action Plan Implementation in Africa” served as a platform for robust discussions on strategies for effective AMR awareness. The students are Tusingwire Daphine MBChB 3, Nabijjako Christine MBChB 3 , Musiime Fosca KAN 3, Mugarura Timothy MBChB 3 and Busuulwa Moses BNS 3.
On the other hand, Students from various academic backgrounds and institutions active participants, contributing insights and innovative ideas to address the pressing issue of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). The discussion has revolved around ensuring the sustained momentum of the AMR agenda, a challenge that spans multiple sectors and organizational levels.
The captivating discourse delved deeply into exploring strategies that transcend traditional boundaries and engage sectors beyond healthcare.
According to Dr. Evelyn Wesangula a Senior Project Officer -Antimicrobial Resistance Control (East Central and Southern Africa), the data collected on #AntimicrobialResistance must be transparent and should be shared and used to inform best practices.”
The major point highlighted in the conference was the importance of community involvement and community-based, community-designed responses to future pandemics.
Emphasizing the imperative need for a multi-sectoral approach, where members proposed a collaborative effort that extends beyond medical domains, involving agriculture, environmental conservation, policy-making, and public awareness initiatives.
The involvement of students at the #RANSCConference23 reflected a significant shift in recognizing the vital role that the younger generation plays in driving change and sustainable solutions in the realm of public health. KABSOM’s students stood out during the conference, not only for their participation but also for their thought-provoking Skit about Antimicrobial Resistance that was acted on stage
This vibrant exchange of ideas not only elevates the discourse on AMR but also marks a promising step towards collective action in tackling this critical issue. The enthusiasm and dedication displayed by the students in Lusaka stand as a beacon of hope in the global fight against antimicrobial resistance.
Some of the speakers and presenters at the conference included Dr.Viviana MUÑOZ Tellez a coordinator of the Health Intellectual Property and Biodiversity Programme of the South Centre, Dr. Raphael Chanda, Dr.Mirfin Mpundu Public Health Specialist among others.