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AU-IBAR organises second practical training on AMR

AU-IBAR and EISMV aimed to empower attendees to address AMR challenges at the country level effectively. (Image source: AU-IBAR)

As part of an effort to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the African Union - Interafrican Bureau of Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the Ecole Inter-Etats des Sciences et Médecine Vétérinaires (EISMV) recently organised a practical training event in Dakar, Senegal 

The five-day event which was organised by the Containing the Emergence and Spread of Antimicrobial Resistance in Africa (CES-AMR Africa) project, took place from 12-16 February this year. Ten animal health professionals and technicians from various regions of Africa including the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Niger and Burkina Faso, among others, gathered for an intensive training session conducted entirely in French.

The primary objective of the programme was to equip participants with the required knowledge and skills essential for effective AMR surveillance, laboratory testing, animal pathogen isolation, and data collection and analysis techniques. Moreover, the training aimed at empowering attendees to effectively tackle AMR challenges at the country level.

Featuring a perfect blend between theoretical sessions and practical exercises conducted by renowned experts in the field, allowed the training programme to cover a wide array of topics essential for tackling AMR. Programmes like these that have made significant progress in helping Africa fight AMR, play a crucial role in protecting public health and ensuring the sustainable management of antimicrobials in the veterinary sector.