Educating the next generation in Tanzania

The Roll Back Antimicrobial Resistance Initiative (RBA-Initiative) run school clubs in the Dodoma region of Tanzania, educating children about superbugs. They have big plans for the future and, with your help, they hope to reach even more children…

Rolling back resistance in Tanzania

Superbugs are a major problem in Tanzania. There are high levels of inappropriate use of antimicrobial medicine in both human and agricultural sectors and a very low awareness of the issue among public, professionals and policy makers. Antibiotics can be purchased widely without prescription, and regulation of community pharmacies is difficult and poorly resourced.

Several studies show levels of resistance are soaring.

But there is hope.

Young Tanzanian pharmacist, Erick Venant, is the founder of the non-governmental organisation RBA-Initiative, which runs ‘AMR School Clubs’ in the Dodoma region of Tanzania. These clubs aim to educate children about superbugs through a set of fun and creative activities so they can bring the message back to their families and communities.

 

Read more about the RBA-Initiative here

School-in-a-box?

There are currently three of these school clubs, all in the Dodoma region of Tanzania, but with your help and support, they hope to reach even more children across the country.

To do this, though, they need more resources. Nothing fancy – in fact, they’re things many people in different parts of the world would take for granted: a laptop, projector, a printer, and stationery. Basic, but transformative, tools that will fit inside a big carboard box.

Could you and your friends help raise the funds to pay for a school-in-a-box?

Find out more

“At the moment we are running these clubs in three secondary schools in the Dodoma region of Tanzania, but we want to expand across a wider area of Tanzania, and, with your support, roll out across the entire country.”

– Erick Venant, founder of RBA-Initiative

“Our school clubs help  to empower young people to become agents of change and encourage them to bring back that knowledge to encourage their family and community.

At the school clubs we use arts and crafts, storytelling, songs, skits, drama, and dances to engage and educate the children about topics like hand hygiene and sanitation, and the impact of fake drugs, while promoting a responsible approach to antibiotic use.”

– Erick Venant, founder of RBA-Initiative

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