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…