RBA INITIATIVE AMR SCHOOL CLUBS PROGRAMME

We are implementing the AMR school club programme in the Dodoma region (Tanzania). The program consists of educating and empowering potential schoolchildren within each of the selected schools to become agents of change who, in turn, will encourage the community to adopt positive behaviors that will prevent the spread and emergency of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

To date, the RBA Initiative has trained and empowered 322 club members. These agents of change have so far reached more than 1300 fellow secondary school students and 6000 primary school children, as well as 3665 community members through outreach programs. The organization strives to roll out the AMR school club programme to more schools across a wider geographical area, to further raise awareness of antimicrobial resistance. The programme also sensitizes the One Health approach as a key tool to contain antimicrobial resistance. The RBA Initiative uses different strategies to enhance better understanding of AMR while encouraging creativity and innovation among the students. Strategies include arts and crafts like songs, drama, skits, traditional dance, competitions, storytelling and a set of fun activities.

The RBA Initiative tested the awareness that antibiotics cannot be used to treat flu, practices and behaviour that can lead to AMR and the consequences of AMR. Prior to the intervention, knowledge was below 37%, rising to above 90% as it progressed.

Link to photos:https://rbainitiative.or.tz/schoolclub_gallery.php

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