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What does SNAP-AMR stand for?

It is short for “Supporting the National Action Plan for Antimicrobial Resistance in Tanzania”

Who is the SNAP-AMR team?

We are a team of researchers from Catholic University of Health and Allied Services, Kilimanjaro Christian Research Institute, Nelson Mandela, The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Tanzania, and the University of Glasgow, Scotland UK. We are an interdisciplinary group of social scientists, human and veterinary health researchers, clinicians, anthropologists, human geographers, economists, modellers, and bacteriologists

What is the SNAP-AMR research project about?

The diversity of the team’s expertise enables us to explore the biological, social and cultural drivers responsible for the spread of AMR and antibiotic use in the community and health care system. This information is then used to develop interventions, including AMR awareness campaigns to increase people’s knowledge about AMR and promote changes in behaviours.

How did the SNAP-AMR Awareness Gari, Gari campaign come about?

Interviews with health care providers identified their want to improve awareness of AMR amongst their patients, but that they face considerable time constraints in the consultation room. In response we developed the Gari campaign of using vehicles bringing their patients to health care facilities, so that people would arrive at the hospital having already heard key messages about AMR prevention. The campaign was designed in collaboration with RBA-Initiative. We ran three bespoke workshops with healthcare providers, policy makers and NGOs to consider key messaging. We also worked with pharmacist and song writer Nicholous Materu to produce our very own AMR song to be played in SNAP-AMR vehicles.

Where does the campaign take place?

The project recruited 50 drivers from across Moshi and Mwanza, with a focus on key transport routes taking people from surrounding communities to Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (Moshi) and Bugando Medical Centre (Mwanza). Each driver was given training on AMR prevention provided by Dr. Florida Muro and Prof. Stephen Mshana. The campaign was launched in February 2022 and is being evaluated throughout March and April 2022.

Who funds SNAP-AMR?

This research was funded by the Antimicrobial Resistance Cross-Council Initiative through a grant from the Medical Research Council, a Council of UK Research and Innovation, and the National Institute for Health Research (MCR/AMR/MR/S004815/1)

SNAP AMR would like to say a massive thanks you to RBA-Initiative and vehicle drivers who have taken part in this campaign. We all have a role to play in fighting AMR.

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