Our Ambassadors

Mugerwa Ibrahimm is the AMR Program Coordinator for the National efforts to build and develop the AMR-One Health Program under the ministry of Health of Uganda. He is a fellow of the Fleming Fund AMR Capacity building program in the Human Health. Mugerwa and his team are working on piloting and developing a One Health AMR Surveillance program the first of its kind in the LMIC. Mugerwas coordination work is executed under the AMR- National Coordination Centre- NCC for human Health. Mugerwa is nominated to chair the GHSA-AMR Action Package Roundtable platform for 2019/2020 year round.

Joseph Zziwa is a Pharmacist at the Uganda Heart Institute (UHI), a parastatal leading provider of cardiovascular healthcare services in Uganda. UHI is charged with coordinating the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.  He coordinates the supply of medicines from the National Medical Stores and private suppliers, participates in research and gives advice to patients regarding the proper use and storage of medicines. He’s a senior member on the Medicines and Therapeutic committee which ensures that all antimicrobial agents available are appropriate for patients with heart diseases. He is part of the team responsible for development of restricted antimicrobial-use procedures and therapeutic guidelines. In addition, he reviews prescribed antimicrobials for their appropriateness as well as disseminates AMR information to patients and health care providers. Joseph is actively involved in infection control and prevention programs which aim at limiting use of antimicrobials.

Mauricio Agudelo is the founder of Bialtec SAS in Colombia (SA). Mauricio is in charge of the strategic vision of the business and in directing the research on the reduction of antibiotics in animal nutrition of the research groups that work with Bialtec. Bialtec is designing a novel AI platform to predict changes in the animal gut microbiota and design the additives to remodel the microbiome in a healthy condition. Mauricio is a Chemical Engineer, University of Antioquia in Colombia and a serial entrepreneur. His main personal and professional goal is to reduce the use of antibiotics as a growth promoter in animal nutrition through natural feed additives such as essential oil, probiotics, phytogenics, prebiotics, and others microbiome modifiers to avoid side effects and keep supporting the greener production of animal protein (meat, milk, and eggs).

Beatrice King’ori is a laboratory epidemiologist working as a lab manager at Karatina Sub-County Hospital, Nyeri County, Kenya. Beatrice is a member of the Hospital management team, the County Antimicrobial Stewardship Interagency Committee (CASIC) and the Hospital IPC committee. She is secretary to the Hospital Quality Improvement Team (QIT) and a member of the hospital Medicines and Therapeutic Committee. Beatrice is assisting the County with outbreak investigations or any other assigned epidemiological work. She hopes to increase awareness about AMR in her circles and forums. Also she will pass updated information to my colleagues as regards AMR during IPC and QI trainings/sensitization forums and in social media too. Most importantly she wants to network with a team that is passionate and has expertise in AMS/R.

Srinivasan VK is the co-founder and director of ZeiniX Life Sciences in India. Srinivasan has been in the forefront of creating a blue-ocean in the field of molecular diagnostics for critical infections. Having dealt with antibiotic stewardship and the rising menace of AMR, he is very keen to contribute to the cause of creating awareness and to play a role in controlling reducing the global threat of AMR. He believes this man-made disaster can be managed thru evidence based diagnostics, educating clinicians and enabling the decision makers to institute antibiotics stewardship more meaningfully. Srinivasan is keen to associate with AMR Insights to further this challenging endeavor as an ambassador in India.

Lena Hannona is a clinical pharmacist at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Califonia, USA. Her job function is to optimize patient care by evaluating the appropriateness and effectiveness of the patient’s medications. Lena staffs across many specialties but is specifically passionate about infectious diseases and contributes to curbing AMR by participating in Antibiotic stewardship activities in hospitalized patients. Those include assisting in selecting appropriate empiric antibiotics, re-evaluating continued need for antibiotics after 48-72 hours, recommending to stop antibiotics if cultures are negative and infection is unlikely or when infection is resolved, screening for duplicate therapy and for drug-drug interactions, maximizing PK/PD parameters for dose optimization of antibiotics and recommending to switch therapy to the most appropriate antibiotics based on cultures and susceptibilities.

Dipanjan Chakraborty is the co-founder & director of ZeiniX Life Sciences in India. ZeiniX markets cutting edge biotech innovations with a socio-medical impact. Dipanjan is passionate about molecular diagnostics for infections. He has published several articles on Diagnostic Stewardship & AMR at ICU and clinical impact of molecular diagnostics in life threatening infections. Dipanjan aims to contribute to curbing AMR by writing on this global healthcare crisis (his own insights as well as compilation of recent developments), sharing new information/news/research articles etc in social media among his network, enhancing AMR awareness among his social & professional network and undertaking relevant activities in collaboration with ambassadors of AMR Insights.

Stephen Matenga is the Secretary General of the National Association of Freelance Journalists in Zimbabwe. The association has over 200 members from across the country freelancing for various media organisations. Stephen’s work is mainly administering the activities of the organisation. At the moment the organisation is establishing its own online media outlet which shall be launched in October. Stephen intends to curb Antimicrobial Resistance by educating and creating awareness through the following methods: by dedicating a section of the forthcoming publication to Antimicrobial Resistance education and coverage, setting up workshops to train journalists in understanding the topic so that through their coverage the public will be informed, and by engaging communities and policy makers on policy and interventions.

Arnold Ayebarr is a microbiologist with laboratory technologist background working for Partners In Health, Liberia. Arnold is currently working in the South-east of Liberia to set up a referral microbiology lab whose main aim is to start generating AMR surveillance data for the WHO GLASS reporting tool. He is stationed at JJ Dossen Hospital in Harper, Maryland County. According Arnold currently no microbiology testing is carried out in the South-east region of Liberia: AMR is actually considered a bigger threat in low-resource settings since there is no evidence guided treatment. Arnold is tasked with Training lab personnel on microbiological test procedures with a major bias to bacterial infections. He is also helping to get the lab to SLIPTA accreditation for Quality Management System. Earlier he was involved in publications regarding CNS infections,  MRSA nasal carriage & TB diagnosis & treatment studies.

Peter Babigumira Ahabwe works as a Senior Program Pharmacist at the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI), Makerere University in Uganda. He serves as an interface between the IDI and the Ministry of Health on projects where science and policy overlap. He contributes to achieving Global Health Security Agenda targets in Uganda. Peter represents IDI on the National AMR Technical working committee for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Optimal Use, Logistics and Coordination Subcommittees of the National Task force, AMR Conference Planning and Scientific committees and Appropriate Medicines Use Advisory Group. He has supported the development of National Guidelines for Antibiotic stewardship. Peter also coordinates the GPPS data submission in Uganda and gives strategic oversights to the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) eLearning and call center at IDI. Peter intends to  revitalize Medicine and Therapeutics committees of hospitals as an entry point for Antibiotic Stewardship interventions. Also he hopes to measure the burden of inappropriate antibiotic use in public health emergencies and disasters.

Denise Delaney is a Senior Director working at Sustainability in London, UK. She leads strategy and stakeholder engagement projects and is an expert in the pharma and healthcare arena. Denise has international experience working with both national and global development organizations and NGOs (including UN’s ECLAC and UNHCR), mainly in Latin America and India. Denise has led SustainAbility’s work on the topic of AMR. The company became involved in the topic in 2017 after the landmark year of emphasis on AMR (2016). SustainAbility worked closely with the AMR Industry Alliance to develop a measurement framework and deliver the very first report on the progress made against its commitments. Denise believes that industry has a clear role to play in tackling AMR – from the science and innovation, to ensuring access while also promoting stewardship, to limiting the environmental impact of manufacturing. She regularly raises the alarm and builds awareness in her work on AMR.

Tholwana Pelokgosi works as a Medical Laboratory Scientist at the Ministry of Health in Botswana. Tholwana currently works in the Microbiology Laboratory. This lab receives patient samples and processes these by culturing in order to do biochemical and antimicrobial susceptibility tests. Then they release results to the clinicians who will then assist patients based on the outcome of the results. Her current contribution to curbing AMR is emphasizing that the updated Clinical and Laboratory Standard Institute guidelines are followed strictly when setting up antibiotics in a patient sample. She intends to be part of the antimicrobial stewardship committee in Botswana. Tholwana also intends to mentor young  medical laboratory professionals and students on proper use of antibiotics and enlighten the about antimicrobial resistance. Tholwana was part of the team that was validating Botswana’s action plan on AMR. She intends to apply for Masters in AMR to become part of the policy makers in Botswana.

Luciana Sartori is a Clinical Microbiologist and Infectologist as well as a General Coordinator at Animal Care Ipiranga Veterinary Hospital, Ipiranga in Brasil. Her intended contribution to curbing AMR is to exchange ideas and protocols on nosocomial infections in veterinary medicine. She will also contribute by sharing her knowledge of AMR in production and companion animals.

Yinka Odebode is a Lecturer/ Research Scientist at Kabale University in Uganda. He teaches, supervises and does community service as a responsible citizen. His intended contribution to curbing AMR is to highlight the need for an improved understanding of the mechanisms and processes that underlie emergence and spread of resistance, create awareness about infections, and give attention to methods that can be used to prevent and control them. Yinka is also doing research work on environmental reservoirs of AMR in Uganda. He will continue to collaborate to detect and monitor resistance for the effective management of fungal diseases towards sustainable food production systems and resilient agricultural practices.

Raymond Okechukwu is Assistant Director of Pharmaceutical Services in the Centre for Community Medicine and Primary Healthcare, of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Nigeria. He provides pharmaceutical care and hospital pharmacy services to ambulatory, intensive care and hospitalized patients. He is a member of the ‘Global Advocates for Quality and Safety in Healthcare’ and Assistant Chair of the Quality Improvement Committee of the teaching hospital. Also he is the responsible officer for Inventory and Logistics Management Information System (LMIS) for the National HIV / AIDS Care, Malaria and TB Control Program in the Centre. As the lead researcher in the hospital-wide antimicrobial stewardship programme he concluded the baseline survey of the “Perceptions, Attitudes And Practices Of Antimicrobial Stewardship Among Health Workers In A Nigerian University Teaching Hospital.”

Mohammed Zabiuddin Ahad has completed his PharmD degree from Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, India. Since then he is working with a research team with primary focus on Antimicrobial Stewardship. He is currently engaged in a project funded by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) titled “Initiating Antimicrobial Stewardship Activities in Hospitals in India”, a program run at Kasturba Hospital, Manipal, a 2000 bedded tertiary care teaching hospital in the southern part of India. As part of WAAW and other educational events, he has coordinated multiple teams of volunteers and created awareness among community pharmacists on AMR.

Eriola-Sophia Shanko is the founder and CEO of ShanX Medtech in The Netherlands. The company’s vision is to create a more sustainable and safe future by raising awareness and delivering high-end diagnostic platforms to combat AMR. She sees many frontiers to tackle AMR: raising awareness, developing diagnostic tools and new drug formulations or implementing new policies. In her company she focuses on developing rapid and high precision diagnostic platforms for drug testing. This way they hope to assist the doctor to the appropriate drug prescription based on scientific data and not empirical use. Eriola is highly motivated to add to raising global awareness on AMR by becoming an AMR ambassador.

Wame Kgwakgwe, works for Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) which is an organization that provides drinking water and waste water services throughout Botswana. Wame is responsible for  Laboratory quality management system implementation, test facilities, effluent analyses  through quality control tests, internal auditing and much more. Wame is committed to collaborate with NGOs to raise awareness on AMR, conduct presentations at her workplace on AMR, encourage AMR related research and promote awareness by holding workshops/conferences to present AMR related research findings. Last but not least she will share AMR related information with other AMR ambassadors and work closely with WHO on different initiatives to curb AMR.

Shamshul Ansari, currently Assistant Professor in Microbiology and Immunology at Chitwan Medical College, Bharatpur, Nepal. Shamshul obtained his PhD at Oita University Faculty of Medicine, Oita, Japan and has been teaching microbiology and infectious diseases. In research he has a keen interest in AMR and has published several papers in high impact journals. Although a challenging problem across the world AMR is more problematic in developing countries like Nepal. The lack of national guidelines regarding prescription of antibiotics and the lack of sufficient knowledge about consequences of the (mis)use of antibiotics on community level contribute to resistance development. Expert professionals need to work on these issues to combat the antimicrobial resistance development. “Use antibiotics judicially to combat the development of resistance”.

Amine Zorgani, R&D Microbiology Manager and team leader at Nuritas in Ireland. He leads a team of experienced Microbiologists to uncover the potential bioactivities of plant-derived peptides. Ireland-based Nuritas uses artificial intelligence to predict bioactive peptides from plant genomes to target several (ESKAPE) human pathogens and food spoiling microbes. The mission of Nuritas is to find new antimicrobial therapies from a natural origin. Amine started his fight against AMR during his Ph.D. study. When he started working with Nuritas in 2017 he realised that his journey with AMR had just started…

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