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ReAct Asia Pacific engages students and teachers in the fight against antibiotic resistance

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2024-06-21

In a proactive effort to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), ReAct Asia Pacific recently conducted a highly successful session at BM Gange Girls Senior Secondary School in Delhi. The initiative aimed to educate and empower nearly 200 students and 10 teachers about the importance of responsible antibiotic use and the prevention of AMR.

The session at BM Gange Girls Senior Secondary School in Delhi. Photo: ReAct Asia Pacific.

The session, led by Dr. Sudhi Nath, Dr. Hyfa Mohammed Ali, and Dr. Ijyaa Singh from ReAct Asia Pacific, commenced with engaging discussions on health, nutrition, and hygiene practices. Through interactive methods, students gained a deeper understanding of the proper use of antibiotics and the risks associated with their misuse and overuse. The concept of One Health was also introduced, highlighting the interconnectedness of human health, animal health, and the environment.

BM Gange Girls Senior Secondary School in Delhi. Photo: ReAct Asia Pacific.

To further promote student involvement, a dedicated school health club was inaugurated by Mr. Sumeet Nath, the BCTA Secretary, on the same day. This club will serve as a platform for students to take proactive measures, lead initiatives, and enhance their understanding of AMR prevention. As a symbol of their commitment, several students were appointed as AMR ambassadors and presented with badges.

Role of teachers in AMR response

Recognizing the crucial role that teachers play in shaping students’ lives, ReAct Asia Pacific also conducted a sensitization session specifically for educators.The goal was to inform teachers about AMR and gather their feedback on a comprehensive module covering health, nutrition, AMR, and One Health, with the potential for inclusion in the school curriculum. Teachers were also provided with valuable resources and activities related to AMR to implement in the coming months.

By adopting this collaborative approach, ReAct Asia Pacific aims to ensure that students receive consistent and comprehensive education on responsible antibiotic use from a young age. Through the empowerment of both students and teachers, RAP is nurturing a generation of responsible antibiotic users and future leaders in the fight against AMR.

The success of this initiative underscores the importance of engaging youth and educators in the battle against AMR. By raising awareness and promoting responsible practices, ReAct Asia Pacific is taking a significant step towards safeguarding public health and ensuring a safer future for generations to come.