Community engagement: The key to tackling Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) across a One Health context?
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a One Health problem underpinned by complex drivers and behaviours. This is particularly so in low – and middle-income countries (LMICs), where social and systemic factors fuel (mis)use and drive AMR. Behavioural change around antimicrobial use could safeguard both existing and future treatments. However, changing behaviour necessitates engaging with people to understand their experiences. This publication describes a knowledge-exchange cluster of six LMIC-based projects who co-designed and answered a series of research questions around the usage of Community Engagement (CE) within AMR. Findings suggest that CE can facilitate AMR behaviour change, specifically in LMICs, because it is a contextualised approach which supports communities to develop locally meaningful solutions.
Authors: Jessica Mitchell, Paul Cooke, Collins Ahorlu, Abriti Arjyal (HERDi), Sushil Baral (HERDi), Laura Carter, Rajib Dasgupta, Fariza Fieroze, Mariana Fonseca-Braga, Rumana Huque, Sonia Lewycka, Pachillu Kalpana, Deepak Saxena, Fiona Tomley, Emmanuel Tsekleves, Gioa Vu Thi Quynh, Rebecca King
Citation: Mitchell J, Cooke P, Ahorlu C, Arjyal A, Baral S, Carter L, Dasgupta R, Fieroze F, Fonseca-Braga M, Huque R, Lewycka S, Kalpana P, Saxena D, Tomley F, Tsekleves E, Vu Thi Quynh G, King R. Community engagement: The key to tackling Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) across a One Health context? Glob Public Health. 2021 Dec 9:1-18. doi: 10.1080/17441692.2021.2003839. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34882505.