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Partnership aims to tackle antimicrobial resistance

African fellows’ visit to the Roslin Institute creates opportunity for training, mentorship and strengthening collaboration.

The Fleming Fellows cohort on Easter Bush Campus, standing in front of a statue of a horse.
The Fleming Fellows cohort on Easter Bush Campus.

A fellowship scheme is fostering collaboration to address the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which is predicted to cause 10 million deaths per year by 2050 unless urgently tackled.

One-health professionals, including doctors, vets, pharmacists and microbiologists from Malawi, Uganda and Kenya visited the Roslin Institute, where they presented their work, took part in collaborative projects, and learned about Roslin’s AMR research and infrastructure.

The group are all Fellows of the Fleming Fund, which aims to support low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in the fight against AMR. They are supported by the University of Edinburgh as a host institution for the capacity building component of the fellowship scheme.

Their visit, which also included a tour of research facilities, was an opportunity for the fellows to receive technical training from expert mentors from across the University in a range of scientific topics, such as bioinformatics, microbiology, and communication.

Expertise for action

The Fleming Fellowship Scheme, which is administered by the Department of Health and Social Care, aims to train practitioners in collection and analysis of high quality AMR surveillance data, and generate information that can be used to guide policy development and implementation. 

Fellows will form a global network of AMR experts and advocate for action in their home countries, such as improved AMR surveillance and responsible use of antibiotics.

We are delighted for the chance to contribute to the global challenge of AMR and hope the partnerships and friendships established through the Fleming Fellowship Scheme will open doors to long-term collaboration.

Professor Ross FitzgeraldEdinburgh Fleming Fellows programme lead, Roslin Institute

The visit was of great value to me. It gave me enormous exposure to small and large animal clinical practice, laboratory diagnostics and regulatory framework for AMR, the One Health approach in Scotland, science communication principles and the probable future collaborations that may arise between the fellows and the team at the Roslin institute.

Back in my country, I can now ably communicate pitched AMR messages to different stakeholders and guide other colleagues on how to communicate science. My capacity in data analysis and drawing interactive maps using R-software which has been built will shape the quarterly bulletin graphics for the National Animal Disease Diagnostics and Epidemiology Center. 

Together with other Ugandan fellows, we shall analyse the data that was collected by the previous cohort of fellows and use the results to inform policy and planning, including the National Action Plan for Health Security.

Dr Israel MugeziFleming Fellow and Veterinary Inspector, Department of Animal Health at the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal industry and Fisheries, Uganda

** The Roslin Institute receives strategic investment funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and it is part of the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. **

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