CAFA Young Ambassadors (Combating AMR from Africa Young Ambassadors)
University of Ghana
Bokor Selorm Richard (far left) – BA. Geography with Sociology Aliu Zakiya- BSc. Medical Laboratory Technology, Gloria Boateng- BSc. Administration student (Accounting Major), Dzidzornu – Gomez Jerry -(In lemon Green Shirt)- BSc. Medical Laboratory Technology, Prof. Samuel Antwi – Baffor (The Dean of the school of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences, University of Ghana, in blue coat), Dr. Noah Obeng Nkrumah (Local Mentor in Blue Shirt), Blesslyn Esther Debrah (far right)- BSc Biological Sciences (Biochemistry Cell and Molecular Biology)
Why we chose CAFA Young Ambassadors?
AMR is a cause for concern in Africa and beyond and we believe as young tertiary individuals working together and bringing out innovative ideas, we can combat AMR in Africa and beyond. We believe that the name is one that captures our goal and would catch the attention of many, whenever mentioned. CAFA young ambassadors because, we believe our Name and AMR shall not depart from the minds of the people we engage in talks about AMR.
We meet as friends and acquaintances in the University of Ghana. Some of us have been friends since basic school. Also, some of us have been friends from high school and now we’re all in the same university. One of our mutual interests is to give back to and help society. I think that’s the main reason why we applied for the program. As CAFA young ambassadors, we hope to build up our knowledge on AMR and equip ourselves with the confidence to create AMR awareness in our nation through public engagements and other media platforms. Also, we are expecting that the program provides we the young ambassadors with the means and resources to pursue our innovative ideas to help bring AMR to the barest minimum if not totally eradicating it. We are tremendous public speakers. We would like to use that skill to heighten the sensitization on AMR in high schools in some part of our country and engage media houses across the country to feature us on their shows so that we can sensitize the whole nation and beyond on the pandemic that is being caused by Antimicrobial resistant pathogens. We studied in the last 2 sessions that, in countries where the abuse of antibiotics is high, AMR is also at its peak.
AMR in local language:
As CAFA young ambassadors, this is how we plan to share AMR in a local language Ghanaian Language; “Twi”. AMR gyina hɔ ma Antimicrobial Resistance. Eyi kyerɛ mmoawa a ɛde nyarewa ba a ɛyɛ den sɛ wɔde nnuru a ekum ɔyare mmoawa bɛsa (ɛho hia, wugyaw nnuru a ekum ɔyare mmoawa sɛnea ɛte no ara pɛ). Nnuru a ekum ɔyare mmoawa yɛ nnuru te sɛ amoxicillin, zinnat, amoxiclav, ekurobewu ( eyinom yɛ nnuru a ekum ɔyare mmoawa bi a abu so yiye a asɔremma dodow no ara betumi de abɔ. Sɛ wo yare wɔ AMR mmoawa no ho a, wubetumi awu, anaasɛ wobɛsɛe wo sika nyinaa wɔ ayaresabea efisɛ nnuru a etu mpɔn biara nni hɔ (sɛ ɛfata mpɔtam hɔ kasa yiye a, wubetumi de nnuru a ekum ɔyare mmoawa adi dwuma). Sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a wobɛkwati AMR mmoawa no, ɛsɛ sɛ wonom nnuru a ekum ɔyare mmoawa sɛnea oduruyɛfo de ama wo nkutoo. Ɛsɛ sɛ woyɛ nneɛma a atwa yɛn ho ahyia ho ahotew pa nso. We chose Twi because, it is the widely spoken local language in Ghana.
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