GBADs Post-doctoral research associates João Afonso and Gemma Chaters visited Tanzania in early November to meet with potential future collaborators to discuss the GBADs programme and more specifically the burden of antimicrobial use and resistance in Tanzania. They met with potential future collaborators and colleagues from Nelson Mandela African Institute for Science and Technology (NMAIST), Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania Veterinary Registrar and Tanzania Director of Veterinary Services (DVS) offices as well as potential international collaborators from the University of Glasgow and International Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Science (ICARS).
As Tanzania prepares to launch its second National Action Plan (NAP) on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) we endeavour to work together to support work outlined in the NAP through economic analysis of the burden of antimicrobial use and resistance. This Fleming Fund project will hopefully involve multiple collaborations with partners in Tanzania and use data collected by a range of stakeholders from national governing bodies to smaller scale, local research projects. In a country where AMR is becoming increasingly high on the public and livestock health agenda, and with strong research data from host institutions, we are excited to collaborate and develop data driven models and tools that can be used to assess the economic burden of antimicrobial use and resistance.
Watch this space as we hopefully start to work in Tanzania and incorporate the burden of antimicrobial use and resistance into the GBADs methodological framework.