India Partners: Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Chitkara University Punjab, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology Orissa, Manipal Academy of Higher Education Karnataka, Symbiosis International (Deemed University) Maharastra, Rural Institute for People’s Enlightenment Tirupati Andhra Pradesh, Voluntary Health Association of Tripura.
International Partners: University of Maastricht Netherlands, Rīga Stradiņš University Latvia, University of Milan Italy, The Catholica University Portugal
Project In-charge for Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham: Dr. Sanjeev. K. Singh, Chief Medical Superintendant, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences.
Research Area: Antibiotic Resistance, Health Sciences
Funding Agency: Erasmus+ Programme of European Union
Period: 2019 to 2022
PREVENT IT | Risk Management and Prevention of Antibiotics Resistance is a three-year (2019-2021) Higher Education Capacity Building project (CBHE), funded by the European Commission Erasmus+ programme (2014-2020). The vision of the project is to contribute to a future where every individual is aware of antibiotics resistance and is empowered with the right education to address the issue.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), by 2050 antimicrobial resistance is expected to be the first cause of death, creating more causalities than cancer and diabetes combined. It also highlighted that awareness and understanding of ABR, through effective communication, education, and training should be addressed and improved.
A preliminary study conducted by the PREVENT IT consortium highlighted that the absence of academic modules on risk management and prevention of ABR, along with low awareness in Indian society. European universities are assisting the Indian universities and NGOs to design new curricula on ABR. This project aims at addressing these challenges, by amongst others offering online courses - creating awareness sessions including through social media - setting up a living lab where health science experts, students and health care personnel can be trained.
Coordinated by Chitkara University Punjab, the PREVENT IT Indo-European consortium is composed of four European universities – the Rīga Stradiņš University, the University of Milan, the University of Maastricht, The Catholica University Portugal and the – collaborating with five Indian Universities, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Symbiosis International (deemed) University - and two Indian non-governmental organizations from Rural Institute for People’s Enlightenment and Voluntary Health Association of Tripura.
At AIMS, the project has successfully influenced the curricula across MBBS, BDS, BSc Nursing, BPharm, MPharm, PharmD, BSc Respiratory Therapy and BSc Physician Assistant courses to include ABR related topics into the syllabus.