Call for global school education about antimicrobial resistance: Implementation and Promotion of e-Bug across 14 international partner countries
PHE ePoster Library. Hayes C. Apr 10, 2019; 257498; 15386
Catherine Hayes
Catherine Hayes
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Abstract Background:
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is gaining global attention as a growing threat to public health. e-Bug is an international educational initiative led by a network of partners seeking to reduce spread of infection and use of antimicrobials in children and the community to tackle AMR. This research aimed to evaluate the e-Bug partnership scheme and observe barriers to implementation of education of young people around antimicrobials and AMR.
Methods:
: e-Bug partners from 29 countries were invited to complete 1) an online self-assessment survey covering activities and barriers for implementation and promotion of e-Bug and 2) a questionnaire covering which antibiotic topics were included in the national school curricula at defined age groups. Country antibiotic consumption was also collected. Data was analysed using Microsoft Excel and visual graphs represented the findings.
Results:
: 14 e-Bug partners reported methods of implementation and promotion. Successful methods included endorsement of materials, collaboration with other sectors and promotion through global campaigns. Barriers included a lack of time and funding. 15 e-Bug partners reported on the antibiotic topics in their national curriculum. The data showed little change in education of antibiotics over the last decade since a similar survey in 2007, an inconsistency across countries, and little education around antibiotics for children at primary level.

Conclusions:
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The e-Bug partnership scheme requires some improvement to maximise use of the resources internationally, including multisector collaboration, modern technology and communication networks. The e-Bug partnership scheme has potential to be used as a model for implementation of other international health education initiatives. Standardising AMR education globally should help increase AMR awareness in young people who are the future generation of antibiotic users and prescribers. We therefore propose a global call for widespread education of children on appropriate antimicrobial use at all levels of schooling.
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