Community Engagement Approaches and the challenge of AMR: A Call-to-Action

Community Engagement Approaches and the challenge of AMR: A Call-to-Action

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  • To present the findings of the CE4AMR: One Health Approach, a GCRF Challenge Cluster-funded project. 
  • To bring focus to the role of community engagement in tackling AMR in low resource settings. 
  • To showcase the breadth of AMR research within the University of Leeds and how this aligns with the University’s key values and strategic priorities. 
  • To launch a call-to-action for collaborative, community-led approaches to tackling AMR in low resource settings. 
  • To showcase the range of primary research projects that have emerged from this cluster project and to launch a new large-scale MRC project that we are leading, working in Nepal and Bangladesh (COSTAR).  



Dr R King (PI of CE4AMR: One Health Approach project) 


Keynote on The University of Leeds’ AMR focus 

Prof S Buitendijk (VC University of Leeds) 

Keynote on Community Engagement 

Asiya Odugleh-Kolev (WHO head of Community Engagement) 



CE4AMR team 

Update on new projects linked to CE4AMR  

(3min pre-recorded presentations) 


CE4AMR team 



Facilitated by CE4AMR team  

Closing remarks 

Dr R King 

A quick background to AMR

Antimicrobial resistance or AMR is the process by which microbes evolve to resist the effects of treatments such as antibiotics. Although a seemingly biological problem it is of global concern across disciplinary areas. The pace at which microbes evolve and change to resist our antimicrobial treatments is accelerating rapidly due to overuse and misuse of antimicrobials in human and animal health care. This renders treatments useless and could see us return to a situation where common infections once again become killers. The World Health Organisation believes AMR could lead to 10 million global (human) deaths per year by 2050 and cost more than 8 trillion USD. This is a huge challenge which will impact most severely in low- and middle-income settings. Because of this, we must find ways to tackle AMR that are meaningful and sustainable in different contexts.

Regardless of developments in drugs and diagnostics, AMR will continue to develop and spread if we do not tackle the misuse of antimicrobial treatments across human, animal, and environmental settings. CE4AMR: The One Health Approach has focused on unlocking community-level knowledge on the reasons behind antimicrobial misuse to catalyse meaningful behavioral changes to minimise AMR.   We are now ready to present our findings in an international webinar and hope that you will be able to join us.

Dr Rebecca King, Professor Paul Cooke & Dr Jessica Mitchell

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