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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global health crisis that jeopardizes our ability to effectively treat infections caused by bacteria, viruses, and parasites. To address this urgent issue, OUCRU has been implementing projects involving the youth and empowering young individuals to take action and make a difference.

Screenshot of cartoon representing the fight between antimicrobials and resistant vs non-resistant pathogens

The YAAR! (Youth Against Antimicrobial Resistance) project was launched in 2020, ia collaboration between OUCRU, KEMRI and MORU. This project serves as a great example of how young people can become engaged and empowered when they are equipped with knowledge, capacity, and automation.

One of YAAR!’s significant achievements was the successful development of a progressive learning framework. This framework can be used as an educational resource, aiming to enhance young people’s understanding of: 

  • The science behind AMR 
  • The health risks posed by AMR at individual, community, and global levels 
  • The positive actions that can be taken to mitigate AMR 

The framework identifies key learning outcomes suitable for different age groups and can be used to structure curricula and learning activities in various settings and learning environments. 

The Public and Community Engagement team at OUCRU has been collaborating with educators to create a structured AMR curriculum based on this framework. The team also plans to pilot the curriculum in schools with diverse backgrounds, levels, and contexts, allowing for feedback and improvements. The goal is to create a case study that demonstrates the benefits of introducing an AMR curriculum and learning framework at a young age in educational settings. 

As we celebrate AMR Week, we invite you to explore additional materials developed by the Youth Against Antimicrobial Resistance project team and Youth Working Groups in the Global South and learn more about their inspiring initiatives; at our Study Profile, AMR hub on The Global Health Network.

The full story is available on the OUCRU website.