(Stop Antimicrobial Resistance)

Greetings CIMSA!
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites change over time and no longer respond to medicines making infections harder to treat and increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness, and death.
The main drivers of antimicrobial resistance include the misuse of antimicrobials; lack of access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) for both humans and animals; poor infection and disease prevention and control in healthcare facilities and farms; poor access to quality, affordable medicines, vaccines, and diagnostics; lack of awareness and knowledge; and lack of enforcement of legislation.
WHO has declared that AMR is one of the top 10 global public health threats facing humanity. Without effective antimicrobials, the success of modern medicine in treating infections, including during major surgery and cancer chemotherapy, would be at increased risk.
To raise awareness of AMR, SCOPH CIMSA USU through Project for Members held SANITIZER (Stop Antimicrobial Resistance). This event was started from 6th – 14th August 2021.

The series of SANITIZER events began with the educational video “AMR - Causes and Prevention” posted on CIMSA USU’s IGTV. It briefly provides information about AMR and how to prevent it.
The second event was the Open Discussion "Status Quo of AMR in Indonesia and Strategies to Overcome and Prevent It" which was presented by Drh. Gunawan Budi Utomo – Senior Technical Advisor for Value Chain and AMR FAO ECTAD Indonesia and Dr. Tri Widyawati, M.Si, Ph.D. – Head of the Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Sumatera Utara by Zoom on Saturday, August 7, 2021. There are 227 health students registered in this Open Discussion and were very enthusiastic, it could be seen from the questions submitted to the speakers.

The SANITIZER events continued with the Podcast "Antimicrobial Resistance in Indonesia" with Mrs. Dita Novianti Sugandi Argadiredja, S.Si., APT., MM - Director of Pharmaceutical Services, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia. It was released on August 9, 2021, and can be accessed via Spotify.
The last event of SANITIZER was the Poster Competition “Stop Antimicrobial Resistance”, participated by 30 teams from several universities. There are 3 winners of the competition (The Best 1st Place, The Best 2nd Place, and the Favorite Winner).
This activity aims to educate and raise public awareness, especially from health faculty students and health workers about AMR.


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