KILIMANJARO CHRISTIAN MEDICAL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE (KCMUCo) & MWENGE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY (MWECAU)
From Left to Right: Agathon Avelin Kimario doctor of medicine (group leader), Nima Ntemi Mboje Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies, Sarafina Mallya doctor of medicine, Prof. Levina Msuya(mentor), Jonaviva Anthony doctor of medicine and Augustino Kobelo Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies.
Why we chose team Ngorongoro?
Being a conservation area, Ngorongoro is a natural habitat for different animal and plant species. Apart from animals, Maasai society resides in Ngorongoro conservation area which makes it a unique feature in the world where animals have direct link with human being. It is with this unique feature of interaction among different specie to maintain and sustain the ecosystem that we derived our group name. Since AMR ambassadors program consist of members from health and non-health field who have come together for the aim of combating AMR, we thus must learn from Ngorongoro conservation area that it is only through interaction with wide variety of people in our population that we can be able to achieve reduction in AMR.
Before uniting to form AMR Ambassador Group, each individual member was and is still a member of Rotaract club in their respective universities, a club which deals with wellbeing of the society. Rotaract club of Mwenge Catholic University where Augustino Kobelo and Nima Ntemi come from usually organise a joint programme with Rotaract club of KCMUCo where the rest of the members come from when going to the community to give education pertaining different health topics. So in different outreaches that we performed, we recognised the huge burden of Antimicrobial resistance and we had already started hand washing campaigns in some of the communities in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania as we were enthusiastic in eradication of AMR. Coming to know that there was application of AMR ambassadors, we decided
to join hands and apply so as to increase more knowledge and skills to eradicate this catastrophic disaster. As a group, we are looking forward to gain more insight pertaining the causes, spread, impacts and how can Antimicrobial resistance be eradicated since AMR concept is very broad and requires multi-disciplinary approach. It is with no doubt that the interaction between animals, plants and environment is complex to be tackled by personnel from the same field and that is why the call required a group to have people from various field so as to view the problem from different aspects of which multi-disciplinary intervention can have a huge impact. We thus believe that the skills which we will acquire from this programme will be effectively utilized in improving our services to the community than ever before.
Swahili “USUGU WA VIMELEA”
Usugu wa vimelea ni ile hali ya vimelea kama vile bakteria, fangasi na virusi kutoweza kudhurika na dawa ambazo mtu anazitumia. Hii husababishwa na utumiaji mbaya wa dawa kama vile kunywa dawa bila kufata ushauri wa daktari, kutomaliza dozi, pamoja na kuchangia dawa baina ya mtu na mtu. Madhara ambayo mtu huyapata baada ya vimelea ambavyo vipo mwilini mwake kuwa sugu ni pamoja kutumia gharama kubwa za matibabu katika kutibu ugonjwa wake pamoja na kupelekea kifo wakati mwingine pale ambapo kutakosekana kabisa dawa ya kumtibu sababu vimelea vyake vimeshakuwa sugu kwa dawa zote ambazo amezitumia. Njia za kuzuia usugu wa madawa ni pamoja kutakasa mikono kwa maji tiririka na sabuni kwa lengo la kuzuia uenezwaji wa vimelea vyenye usugu, pamoja na kufata ushauri wa watoa huduma za fya juu ya namna sahihi za utumiaji wa dawa ikiwemo kumaliza dozi, kutochangia dawa na mtu mwingine, pamoja na kutonunua dawa bila kuandikiwa na daktari.