Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
Emmanuella Diane Mankartah (Pharmacy), Marie Millicent Baffoe-Bonnie (Pharmacy), Jeisreal Opoku-Ahene (Pharmacy),Osei George Boateng (BSc. Medical Laboratory Technology), Bamfo Michelle Abra (BSc. Medical Laboratory Technology)
Why we chose AMR Rangers
Growing up there was a popular TV show, the Power Rangers. It was about teenagers who were chosen to be the protectors of the world and fight against some evil villain or threat.
A simple google search would limit the definition of a ranger to a person whose job it is to maintain and protect a publicly owned site or tract of land, such as a national forest or a state park. A park ranger also makes sure the rules are followed and provides information to visitors.
The name AMR rangers was coined from these concepts. The idea of fighting against Antimicrobial Resistance, Maintaining and Protecting antimicrobials so they do not lose efficacy which will go a long way to protect humans and lastly, providing information to all who need it by educating people on antimicrobial resistance
We met through one of the coordinators , Mr. Daniel Waruingi.
Michelle and George already had a team but due to some reasons, they couldn’t continue with the members of their previous team. That was when were introduced to Diane, Jesisreal and Marie who had also been trying to get into the programme. We were thrilled about the potential of being able to work together and learn from each other during the program.
Although Michelle and George couldn’t continue with the previous team, it was all worth it because the new group also had the same mindset toward the program. We believed that being part of a team would allow us to support each other and share our experiences and knowledge, which would eventually help us to achieve our goals.
With that mindset, we believed that the program would provide us with unique opportunities for individual and professional growth. We were excited about the prospect of working together on challenging projects, gaining new skills and knowledge, and networking with other experts in our field to help us achieve our goals.
We expect that we will be able to get more knowledge about AMR and be able to reach as many people as possible to talk about AMR and its effect. We would also like to partake in
projects and campaigns in AMR and other health related problems.
Also, we expect to gain more social skills, including public speaking and social media handling, and knowledge in the world of medical sciences will help to shape us into an all-round persons.
Our innovative idea is, “The Health Ad-Vantage”. This idea is built on the principles of effective Marketing strategies. It’s a play on the idea of “Placing Health advertisements at vantage points” At bus stops, at the barber shop, at supermarkets where there is a lot of communal activity and also, people waiting in line to be served. Why not give them something to be busy with? Something interactive that keeps them educated and busy as they wait in line.
This can be implemented with interactive screens , with access to a prize to the highest scorers, this would attract children especially , to frequent this spot. This can be also implemented with a QR code which can be scanned to access a video , an infographic, a cartoon, a comic on AMR in the language native to that area.
There are so many possibilities with the Health Ad-vantage .
This dialect is called Twi. It is spoken by the Ashanti tribe in Ghana. Even though there are many ethnic groups in Ghana, majority of Ghanaians speak Twi.
Dabiaa y3 te s3 mmoawa mmoawa na 3y3 aa w)n ma y3n yare, eno enti y3 nnom nduro aa 3b3ma saa yare3 no 3firi y3n so. Na saa nduro no w) fr3 no brofo mu s3 Antibiotics.
3nam saa Antibiotics yi so na, s3 y3 nya yare3 bi te s3 Malaria, anaa y3n ho y3 y3n basaa na fever nso b3ka ho aa, y3n ho tumi t) y3n.
Saa mmoawa mmoawa yi no, w)n ahunu s3, nduro rekum w)n, enti w)n adane Dane w)n ho s3de3 w) betumi ak)so atena y3n honam mu.
Na s3 w) dane dane w)n ho, na w) b3 tena y3n mu 3ma y3n yare3 a, y3 tumi nom Adu to biaa doctor b3ka s3 y3n nom nanso yare3 no 3nk) da. S3 saa adwumade3 Wei si aa, na y3 fr3 no antibiotic resistance
English translation of, “Twi”
We always hear that microbes cause diseases. That is why we need medications that can kill these microbes so we can feel better. The medications used in such instances is what we call Antibiotics. Through the discovery of such drugs that we have medications for malaria and other illnesses caused by microbes. Unfortunately, microbes have found a way to outsmart the medications that use to kill them. So when we get infected and use these medications, they don’t work. When this happens we say the microbe has become resistant to the medication. That is what is known as Anti Microbial Resistance