Superheroes Against Superbugs - Engaging with young children on Antibiotic Resistance
23 Jun 2018
The Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance in partnership with CCMB, Hyderabad, organised a three-day workshop at Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society, Hyderabad from 20-22 June 2018 to sensitise young students about the looming threat of Antibiotic Resistance. This workshop and the upcoming ones are part of India Alliance's initiative "Superheroes against Superbugs" launched in January this year, that aims to engage and partner with the public to tackle the rise of superbugs in India.
The Superheroes against Superbugs school program aims to make school children in India partners in creatively engaging with public on antibiotic resistance (AR) and create a platform for conversations between them and various community groups. There is an urgent need to have a dialogue about the serious threat of AR among public, especially in a country like India where there is significantly high incidence of inappropriate use of antibiotics and resistance due to their easy availability and misinformed consumption.
These workshops for young children comprise of interactive games and creative activities around various concepts related to microbes, infections, antibiotics and resistance that lead into conversations with scientists and doctors working in this area. Facilitated by educators, designers and technologists, this project will encourage children to explore and develop novel and creative concepts such as comics, short animated films etc. to initiate and sustain a dialogue on AR.
Superheroes Against Superbugs emphasises the need for the general public to become superheroes as much as we need our scientists to fight this century’s biggest health threat, by improving scientific understanding of AR so that appropriate measures can be taken at an individual and community level.
For more details on the recently held school workshop and this intiative, visit https://www.facebook.com/SaSantibioticresistance/