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World Antimicrobial Awareness Week WAAW 2021 in Uganda

November 2021: Fleming Fund professional and policy fellows took a very active role in events highlighting World Antibiotic Awareness Week in Uganda.

With the support of development partners such as the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the Fleming Fund in Uganda is addressing the problems of antimicrobial resistance through the actions and strategies outlined in the National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance. 

As part of this work, Fleming Fund fellows supported by the University of Edinburgh are raising public awareness of antimicrobial resistance. 

Most recently several fellows participated in a week-long programme of activities in in Entebbe and Masaka, to mark World Antibiotic Awareness Week from 18-24 November 2021, alongside  partners in the Ugandan Infectious Disease Institute, ministries, departments and agencies.

Outreach and engagement

The main objective of the week-long activity was to sensitise the public audiences about the challenges posed antimicrobial resistance in Uganda.

The first two days of this activity were held at the National Animal Disease Diagnostics and Epidemiology Centre (NADDEC) in Entebbe where participants heard a range of presentations about the impact of AMR at national and local levels in Uganda.

The event was extended to Masaka district where farmers, politicians, religious leaders and policy makers were invited to take part in the AMR sensitization week.  The Fleming Fund Co-Director from the University of Edinburgh, Dr Adrian Muwonge, accompanied the grantees during their last two days in Masaka, where the fellows met with local farmers, distributed information brochures on AMR.

Masaka district was strategically chosen for this year's WAAW activities as it provides the food base for urban areas in the central region of Uganda. To understand the impact of antibiotic use on human health in Uganda, we need to look critically at Masaka district. Special thanks to the Professional and Policy Fleming Fellows for leading the effort in this work.

Dr. Adrian MuwongeCo-director of the University of Edinburgh Fleming Fund fellowship schemes

During the WAAW activities, the Fellows and other Fleming Fund grantees had the opportunity to share their experiences in dealing with the consequences of AMR and how the grant will help build capacity to address AMR challenges in the country.  

Participation in WAAW allowed us to understand the many challenges associated with the lack of public information about AMR and why raising awareness about AMR is so important for the nation. We found that almost 90% of the people knew nothing about AMR.  Participating in this activity allowed us to distribute IEC materials so that people could read and learn more about AMR.

Musa SekamatteFleming Fund Policy Fellow in Human Health, Senior Epidemiologist, Ministry of Health
Israel Mugezi, Michael Kimaanga, Musa Sekamatte, Dr Adrian Muwonge and Franklin Mayanja at the WAAW 2021 in Masaka
L to R: Israel Mugezi, Michael Kimaanga, Musa Sekamatte, Dr Adrian Muwonge (University of Edinburgh) and Franklin Mayanja at the WAAW 2021 in Masaka.
Uganda fellows in conversation with Dr. Adrian Muwonge about the progress of the fellowship and the next steps
Uganda fellows in conversation with Dr. Adrian Muwonge about the progress of the fellowship and the next steps

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