AMRIWA: Occurrence, sources and prevention of antimicrobial resistance in West Africa

Antibiotics have made it possible for people to live longer, healthier lives. Antimicrobial resistance, however, is an increasing problem, especially in low-resource settings. This project will employ a range of methods from microbiology, clinical medicine and sociology to produce new knowledge about how AMR genes spread especially in poor West African regions, in areas where local capacity to address AMR is limited, and identify ways how the spread of AMR could be curbed.

The sociological sub-project will employ participatory and visual methods to work with local communities to understand AMR related practices and generate public knowledge about AMR within the region.

As part of the AMRIWA project, we collaborate closely with the research group Molecular Environmental Biosciences (MEB), based in the Department of Microbiology of the University of Helsinki and headed by University Lecturer Marko Virta.