STATUS OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE
The most urgent antimicrobial resistance problems identified by chapter members are lack of access to appropriate antimicrobial therapy, lack of surveillance of antibiotic use and resistance, lack of microbiological lab capacity/lab training/diagnostic tools, and limited capacity to enforce the available regulation countrywide.
Antimicrobial resistance poses challenges to treating infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, acute respiratory infections (ARI), and diarrheal diseases.
Chapter Objectives and Priorities:
Recruitment and expansion of membership
Mobilization of resources for implementation of activities
Sensitization of the public on dangers of misuse of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance
While the Uganda chapter is still in formative stages, it describes itself as “ready to mobilize, recruit more members, and mobilize resources to have an impact.” In the past three years, chapter members have engaged in research and surveillance projects. They played an integral role in APUA’s Antibiotic Resistance Situation Analysis and Needs Assessment in Uganda and Zambia, which was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Denis K. Byarugaba, Ph.D., Makerere Unviersity
Winfred Tumwikirize, Ph.D., Makerere University
Yusuf Mpairwe, M.D., Private Medical Practitioner
Khalid Mohammed, MPharm, Ministry of Health
Florence C. Najjuka, MMed, Makerere Univeristy
Loyce Arinaitwe, MInte Health
APUA Uganda Chapter Leaders with APUA Headquarter Staff in Kampala 2007.
From L to R: Dr Anibal Sosa, Dr Florence Najjuka, Dr. Thomas O’Brien, Dr. Winfred Tumwikirize,
Dr. Dorothy Ochieng, Dr. Susan Foster, Dr. Denis K. Byarugaba; Dr. Yusuf Mpairwe.
Updated May 2011