I am promoting the 100 DAYS AWARENESS ON ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE under the Hashtag
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the ability of a microorganisms like bacteria, viruses and or some parasites to stop an antimicrobial such as antibiotics, antivirals and antimalarials from effectively working against microorganisms or destroying them. Antimicrobial Resistance creates a challenge where standard treatments that are usually effective against these microorganisms will become ineffective. Antimicrobial resistance is putting the gains of the Millennium Development Goals at risk and endangers achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Antimicrobial resistance occurs gradually and naturally over time over time partly due to genetic changes. Of concern, the misuse and overuse of antimicrobials has accelerated the problem of antimicrobial resistance and there is need for close professional oversight. CDC (2018) reported that antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest public health challenges of our time and is increasingly a serious threat to global public health that requires action across all government sectors and society. Antibiotics effectiveness is key to the success of major surgery and cancer chemotherapy among other medical and surgical procedures.
In line with 100 DAYS AWARENESS ON ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE we call upon al stakeholders in the Health supply chain to promote the awareness under #100DaysAwarenessOnAMR
HIFA profile: Enock Musungwini is a Health, Development and Management Practitioner with more than 15 years experience working various thematic areas on Health in developing countries particularly Zimbabwe. Enock is currently studying for an MSc Public Health degree at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He holds a Masters in Business Administration, BSc Hons Psychology degree, Diploma in Nursing and Certificate in Public Health & Health Systems Management. He is a Student Ambassador for Royal Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) and Volunteer with Global Health Café. He can be reached on emusungwini AT yahoo.co.uk