What's surprising about our science? Nearly 3,000 budding scientists came to find out on Saturday the 25th of November at the Natural History Museum in Oxford.
Our visitors heard that by 2050 there will be approximately 10 million deaths caused by AntiMicrobial Resistance (AMR) in 2050. They also heard that the amount of resistance is high in Low and Middle Income countries, but it is difficult to work out how high this is as many of these countries don't have health systems which can record the amount of AMR in country. ERGO are coordinating a project (the Africa coaLition for Epidemic Research, Response and Training; ALERRT) which aims to establish a sustainable, multidisciplinary research network across sub-saharan Africa which will put the patients at the centre of our research. We will design clinical studies to respond to (Re-)emerging and Epidemic-Prone Infectious Diseases (REPID) in sub-saharan Africa. We will clinically diagnose infections in people coming to hospital while determine the cause of disease using different laboratory tests and work out how prevalent antimicrobial resistance is in sub-saharan Africa. Very little information is known about how much anitmicrobial resistance there is in Africa.
The stall was the first time the students enrolled on the Masters course on International Health and Tropical Medicine course had been involved in public engagement, they areally enjoyed the experience as you can see from the photos!