PREVENT IT is a four-year project (2019-2022) co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. With super-expertise in different health sciences fields and societal contexts, the project comprises 5 Indian universities, 4 European universities as well as 2 Non-Governmental Organizations from India. The vision of the project is a future where every individual is aware of antibiotic resistance (ABR) and empowered with the right education to address the issue of ABR. Therefore, PREVENT IT ABR Project aims to promote qualitative teaching activities in academia as well as in society.  

PREVENT IT Project aims and objectives

The PREVENT IT ABR Project consortium has conducted a preliminary study which highlights the absence of academic modules on risk management and prevention of ABR, and an alarming lack of awareness in the Indian society. In this regard, the World Health Organization (WHO) has also highlighted that one of the key objectives of the plan to improve awareness and understanding of ABR is through effective communication, education and training. Thus, PREVENT IT aims to:

i) Permanently introduce interdisciplinary curricula on ABR, prevention and risk management of ABR in new or modernized pre-existing study programs;

ii) Produce and disseminate online courses – as open educational resource – specifically designed for students, health sciences experts, and civil society organizations working in the field of health in rural communities;

iii)Creating awareness in different stakeholders such as general public, academicians, policymakers, etc. through nine regional dissemination events and sixteen workshops to be held in different regions of India;

iv)Create social media campaigns in order to raise awareness in Indian society;

v)Set up a lab for regular training in project’s proposals, designed to ensure sustainability in ABR prevention;

vi)Establish the European-Indian Network for Risk Management and Prevention of ABR in order to enlarge the target audience involved in the risk management and preventive initiatives.

PREVENT IT ABR Project activities

In order to achieve the aims listed above, the consortium commits itself to realize a wide range of activities. Specifically, the consortium undertakes to:

i)Jointly prepare and deliver three vocational empowerment camps – 84 hour didactic interactions to shape the first European-Indian Network for Risk Management and Prevention of ABR;

ii)Scout, hire and empower young talents – PREVENT IT ABR Project Associate Researchers;

iii)Prepare and permanently include new curricula on ABR prevention and risk management in Indian universities;

iv)Create and disseminate ABR Prevention and Risk Management online course;

v)Prepare and deliver a scientific Journal, ten regional dissemination events, twelve International Network workshops and one international Symposium;

vi)Shoot and disseminate the videos for PREVENT IT social media awareness campaign. Design eye-catching promotional printed  deliverables and gadgets, involve students, staff and trainees in project design and management lab;

vii)Conduct regular Coordinators’ Board meetings, supported by the daily activities of the PREVENT IT Care & Support Team, with the strategic outputs and recommendations of Marketing and Visibility Team and integrated Quality Assurance organs.