The department of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences in the line with antibiotic awareness week organizes INES Science Café around the theme “The Future of Antibiotics Depends on All of Us”.
When opening the conference Vice Chancellor of INES-Ruhengeri Fr. Dr Fabien HAGENIMANA said that organizing conference to find solutions to the community is in the responsibilities of INES-Ruhengeri as its orientation goes with community development in a sustainable way.
Speakers and panelists in this conference underlined that antimicrobial resistance is now a global public health issue and is projected to affect the longevity of people and increase health expenditure of countries. And also a fundamental role healthcare professionals play in tackling antibiotic resistance.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the ability of a microorganism (like bacteria, viruses, and some parasites) to stop an antimicrobial (such as antibiotics, antivirals and antimalarial) from working against it. As a result, standard treatments become ineffective, infections persist and may spread to others. As reported by CDC, Antibiotics have been used for the last 70 years to treat patients who have infectious diseases. Since the 1940s, these drugs have greatly reduced illness and death from infectious diseases. However, these drugs have been used so widely and for so long that the infectious organisms the antibiotics are designed to kill have adapted to them, making the drugs less effective.
Each November, World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) aims to increase global awareness of antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance. Since their discovery, antibiotics have served as the cornerstone of modern medicine. However, the persistent overuse and misuse of antibiotics in human and animal health have encouraged the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance, which occurs when microbes, such as bacteria, become resistant to the drugs used to treat them
INES-Ruhengeri as an Institute of Applied Sciences, through the department of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences (BLS) organized a public lecture on 1st November 2017 to raise awareness on antibiotics resistance to combat/prevent the loss of antibiotics’ effectiveness mostly due to misuse and overuse. This year, BLS department organizes INES Scientific Café which is to be held on 12 December 2019 at INES-Ruhengeri to meet and fit with WHO global campaign on antibiotics handling with care.
As recommendation a comprehensive communication strategy are needed, which takes into account the various drivers of antimicrobial resistance and the solutions associated with it, Appropriate drug-use policies, Improved diagnostic practices, Reduced rates of infection transmission and Comprehensive, multifaceted program.