For September’s ‘Global Infectious Disease and Surveillance’ module, we asked the Futures Fellows to use social media to explain AMR to non-scientist family and friends. Ranging from hand-drawn comics to impassioned Facebook posts, the approaches were diverse but shared common themes like defining key terms for understanding AMR and simple steps for reducing the risk of infection.
The growing prevalence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a health security issue of global concern. Resistant strains of infectious pathogens spread across national borders quickly and easily, and antibiotic resistance is outpacing the discovery of new drugs. To combat the rising AMR crisis in a sustainable manner, HSP is supporting efforts in Pakistan to improve local laboratory capacity for antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST).
In collaboration with the University of the Punjab, HSP co-hosted a workshop on dual-use research of concern (DURC) where 40 PhD students engaged in DURC case study and risk assessment discussions and conceptualized how DURC concepts relate to their own research projects. This event is part of a larger HSP-supported initiative seeking to assess graduate students’ attitudes and awareness of DURC.
We are thrilled to share more about our Training Institute that took place last month for the 2016 Health Security Futures Fellowship – Pakistan cohort.