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Johns Hopkins: Program Teams Up on Global Student Competition to Address Antimicrobial Resistance – Calling for Proposals Now

The IDEA (Innovation + Design Enabling Access) Initiative, along with ReAct – Action on Antibiotic Resistance’s Strategic Policy Program, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is teaming up with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA) to organize Innovate4AMR, a global student competition centered around antimicrobial stewardship.

Innovate4AMR invites student teams from around the world to design innovative solutions tackling the underuse, overuse, and misuse of antibiotics, especially in resource-limited, health care settings. These challenges persist in a variety of health care settings, from hospitals and clinics to outpatient pharmacies. In addressing antimicrobial resistance (AMR), student teams working across disciplines have much to contribute in proposing how to redesign the health care system.

Last year’s competition drew 145 team applications, and eleven moved onto the winner’s circle, advancing proposals ranging from innovative outreach approaches to the mothers of children in Peru among the Quechua and Aymara-speaking rural towns to track-and-trace systems using QR codes on antibiotic packaging. This year, teams have until September 16 to submit proposals. Winning teams will then present their final proposals at a capacity-building workshop supported by the World Health Organization and the South Centre. This workshop will be held in Geneva, Switzerland during the World Antibiotic Awareness Week in November 2019.

More information, on Innovate4AMR

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