During the covid -19 outbreak, all the major physical outreach activities came to standstill across all the universities in the consortium. However PREVENT IT – core team came up with an innovative way of reaching out to the masses through our webinar series which was initiated in June 2020. The webinars cover a variety of topics from professionals who are very much aware and concerned about the impact of Antibiotics Resistance as a phenomenon that can occur in the future. From then on every month PREVENT IT – RISK MANAGEMENT AND PREVENTION OF ANTIBIOTICS RESISTANCE project deliver webinars through their official youtube channel PREVENT IT.  All the webinars are showcased in the current web page with content desicription which can help you access webinars of your interest.

Superbugs - The upcoming pandemic

In these testing times of pandemic, we are trying to make our community more aware about the Super-bugs. In regard we conducted a free webinar to all our followers by Dr Sanjeev K Singh ,Chief Medical Superintendent & HOD of Infection Control and Epidemiology. Affiliated with Department of Medical Administration, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, India. He shared his insights with us on topic Superbugs: The Upcoming Pandemic on 18th June 2020 from 3:00 PM till 4:00 . The webinar can be accessed through this LINK.

Milk Black or White?

Milk is an extensively used food product and is considered as a "Complete food" itself. But is it safe or contains some lurking danger!! In regard to this we conducted a webinar to all for social media, student community by Prof. Alfonso Zecconi, affiliated with the Department of Biomedical, Surgical and Dental sciences- One health Unit, University of Milano. He shared his insights with us on the topic "Milk: white or black" on 16th July 2020 from 3:00pm till 4:00pm (IST). The video can be accessed by clicking on the LINK. .

MOOC and Online Teaching

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of our lives, and the education sector is no exception. The adoption, designing and execution of online teaching tools has been the best solution as far as the education sector is concerned. One such platform is Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). In this regard, Team Prevent IT conducted a webinar by Dr. Danielle Verstegen, Programme Director of the Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE) program affiliated with Maastricht University, Netherlands. She shared her experiences and learned lessons on the topic “ MOOC & online teaching” on 26th August 2020 for approxamility an hour which also included question and answer section from audience. The video of webinar can be accessed by clicking on the LINK.

ONE HEALTH: Links in the spread of Antibiotics Resistance

Our next webinar which focusses on the One Health approach. The topic recognizes the health of people is closely related to animal health and shared environment. It is not a new concept but has got a lot of attention in the recent past. In order to address the rising threat of antibiotic resistance, we require a one health approach because antibiotic resistance does not recognize geographic boundaries or human-animal borders. Mr. Dr.B.Sunil, Professor of Veterinary Public Health affiliated with the College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Thrissur, Kerala. Dr. Sunil is an ardent advocate of one health and policy. He shared his point of view on the topic “One health: Links in the spread of antibiotic resistance” on 19th September 2020 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Indian Standard Time. The video can be accessed by click on the LINK.

Challenges of Infection Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship

The concept of Infection Prevention and Control is not ancient but has gained a lot of momentum during the time of COVID-19. On one hand, our healthcare professionals are putting tremendous efforts to combat the situation; but the parallel non-prudent usage of antibiotics makes the situation worrisome. In order to address this issue, we must understand the loopholes and challenges being faced by our life-savers. This webinar specifically targets this problem. This webinar was delivered by Dr. Carlos Palos, MD, Assistant Professor of Adult and Elderly Pathology Curricula Unit, Institute of Health Sciences, Catholic University of Portugal, Portugal. He is also the coordinator of the Infection Control and Antimicrobial Resistance Group from Luz Saúde and Hospital Beatriz Ângelo, Portugal. He shared his point of view on the topic “Challenges of Infection Prevention & Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship during the COVID-19 Pandemic ” on 20th October 2020 from 01:30 pm to 02:30 pm (Indian Standard Time). The video can be accesed by click on the LINK.

United to Preserve Antibiotics

In order to combat this situation, WAAW (World Antimicrobial Awareness Week) aims to increase awareness of global antimicrobial resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers, and policymakers to avoid the further emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections. In this regard, we planned a webinar on the theme in alignment with the World Health Organization (WHO) i.e. “United to preserve antibiotics”. It provided a golden opportunity to listen and interact with one of the eminent speakers, Dr. Jyoti Joshi, Head of South Asia. Listening to her, helped us to understand the role in the fight against antimicrobial resistance. The video can be accessed by click on the LINK.

Use of Botanicals

The discovery of antibiotics in the previous century led to a reduction in mortality and morbidity due to infectious diseases but their inappropriate and irrational use has resulted in the emergence of resistant microbial populations. Alteration of target sites, active efflux of drugs, and enzymatic degradations are the strategies employed by the pathogenic bacteria to develop intrinsic resistance to antibiotics. This has led to an increased interest in medicinal plants since 25–50% of current pharmaceuticals are plant-derived. In this webinar, we will explore the scope of botanicals to combat Antibiotics Resistance. The webinar is delivered by Dr Tannaza Birdi. The webinar was streamed on 21st Dec 2020.The video can be accessed by click on the LINK.

Economic Aspects of Antimicrobial Resistance

This webinar was delivered by Mr Romans Putans Head of Study Programme, International Business and Sustainable Economy ,Head of the Department, Department of International Business and Economics Academic Staff, Department of International Business and Economics. on 25th January 2021. A new dimension to this topic was brought by Mr Romans Putans from RIGA who talked about how economically countries can suffer due to Antimicrobial Resistance.The video can be accessed by LINK.