Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the most serious global health threats, with the number
of deaths attributable to AMR expected to reach 10 million per year by 2050 unless action is
taken. In 2015, the World Health Organization published a global action plan on AMR, urging
member states to develop their own plans to combat AMR in their respective countries or
regions. Hence it is very important to improve awareness and understanding of antimicrobial
resistance. To ensure proper antibiotic use, a massive global public awareness campaign is
required. As part of the Erasmus+ funded project PREVENT IT, an international workshop on
"New Intervention Strategies to Combat Antibiotic Resistance" was held. Symbiosis School of
Biological Sciences, Symbiosis International Deemed University, organised the event. The event
was scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Seminar Hall,
Experts speakers from India and abroad from institutions such as Portuguese Catholic
University, Lisbon, Chitkara University of Health Sciences, Chandigarh, The KIIT School of
Public Health, Odisha, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), and RIPE, Tirupathi
attended the workshop. The main goal of the workshop was to raise awareness about the
problem of antibiotic resistance and to devise new strategies to combat it. The event drew about
100 people, including students from undergraduate, postgraduate and research scholars from
department of Biotechnology and Biochemistry. The session began with the opening remarks
delivered by Dr. Sunil Saroj followed by felicitation of the guests by Ms. Riya Joshi. Dr. Kiranjeet
Kaur (Chitkara University, Punjab, India) delivered the first session on the basics of antibiotics,
their emergence and evolution, antibiotic use in humans, animals, and plants, resistance
mechanisms, and spread. Dr. Kanishka Hrishi Das (Chitkara University, Punjab, India), also
spoke about the impact of antibiotic resistance. Dr. Pratap Kumar Jena (KIIT, Bhubaneshwar,
India) spoke briefly about the overall goals of ONE HEALTH and recent antimicrobial legislation.
Followed by this, Dr. Rahul Clare (Manipal University, Manipal, India) then discussed the
Environmental AMR Goal by explaining the ground truth realities.
Further, Dr. Carlos Palos (Catholica University, Lisbon, Portugal) then lectured on Infection
Prevention and Control: Core Components and Multimodal Strategies to the students. Dr.
Prakash Narayanan (MAHE, Manipal) discussed in brief about AMR prevention strategies. Mr.
Muni Mohan, the representative from the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), RIPE, Tirupati,
shared his thoughts on how they are contributing to the cause by raising public awareness. The
students’ feedback was collected, and it appeared that such workshops are very useful and a
great way to empower the students and faculty about the situation.
To access the agenda of the activity, please click here!