Intending to produce a strong impact in the prevention and risk management of antibiotic resistance, the PREVENT IT project is developing multiple initiatives to improve the state of the art of Indian society. Through the launch of innovative learning courses, the organization of public events, and the launch of an awareness social media campaigns, the main purpose of the project is to generate a common conscience on antibiotic resistance in the Indian academic and societal environments. The goal is to involve and engage different stakeholders providing scientific information related to the impact of antibiotics resistance (ABR) on Indian society.


In the framework of established cooperation between Indian and European partners, the project developed an inclusive and innovative curriculum disseminating specific ABR prevention and risk management skills. The courses created and introduced in the framework of the PREVENT IT project have been permanently included in the academic study plan of several Indian universities, creating skills and awareness among students and key societal players. To meet the requirements of each study program involved, the courses introduced are divided into differentiated modules based on the needs of the Indian students. 40 new/revised courses have been included in 29 accredited study programs at the Indian HEIs. More than 2800 students across all the Indian partner universities have been a part of the implemented curricula.


With the engagement of Indian and European experts from multiple academic and non-academic organizations, the PREVENT IT project regularly organized events to live-debate, exchange opinions and webinars over the best strategies to tackle ABR in India. The events were hosted at Indian universities and civil society organizations. During the last year of the project, at the PREVENT IT international conference, the Indo-European One Health Association was officially launched and presented to the scientific community. The Association will primarily act as an incubator for the new Indo-European initiatives contributing to the global fight against antimicrobial resistance. A total of 53 public events were conducted, including webinars, dissemination events, workshops, and seminars. More than 15,000 people were empowered during these events.


To enlarge the target audience, PREVENT IT successfully launched 4 open online courses. Taking interdisciplinarity as a pedagogical best practice, the online courses are delivered by professionals from different health branches, united by the will to offer a different and complementary perspective on the prevention and risk management of ABR in Indian society. Apart from these, Manipal Academy of Higher Education has introduced one open-elective certificate course. More than 100 certificates have already been issued, whereas 200 students have already enrolled. To develop new high-impact online courses, 20 scholars have also been trained in MOOC creation.


The ultimate goal of the project is to spread awareness over the impact of ABR to as many people as possible. With this in mind, the PREVENT IT awareness campaign has been launched on social media to inform Indian society about the ABR causes and the possible solutions that everyone can implement to mitigate the adverse impact of antibiotic resistance. The PREVENT IT campaign aims to tackle the contemporary lack of societal awareness regarding the negative societal and economic consequences that the world will face if no concrete actions will be taken.


No research is complete without value-adding publications. The project has come forward with some high-impact publications in the field of ABR. They are the result of the contribution and involvement of multiple stakeholders in the European-Indian scientific society in developing consolidated soft skills tackling antibiotics resistance and disseminating knowledge teaching ABR at Indian HEIs. As PREVENT IT milestones, 15 chapters on the prevention and risk management of antibiotic resistance have been published by CRC Press. Apart from that, 8 research papers, 20 dissertations, and 11 informative newsletters have been developed and disseminated under the project.


In order to keep ensure the sustainable impact of the project, training our future generations is highly imperative. To achieve this objective, multiple training programmes were introduced under the project, focusing on both the staff members working at partner HEIs and the young talents across India and Europe. More than 80 staff members and 600 young talents were trained during the entire course of the project. The trainings were conducted by all the partner universities (in both online and offline mode) as per their expertise.