Welcome to YAAR! project
This is the website for the YAAR! project, bringing together young people from four countries in the Global South to help combat the challenge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), or drug resistant infections.
Infections become drug-resistant when the microbes that cause them adapt and change over time, developing the ability to resist the drugs designed to kill them. The ability of microbes to become resistant to the drugs designed to kill them is also known as antimicrobial resistance, or AMR. One of the most common types of drug resistance is antibiotic resistance. In this process bacteria – not humans or animals – become resistant to antibiotics. These bacteria are sometimes called ‘superbugs’.
The YAAR! Project youth collaborators have developed short films, cartoons and memes to promote appropriate antibiotic usage and understanding of AMR.
These were launched during World Antimicrobial
Awareness Week (WAAW), which took place between 18 and 24 November 2020.
Films made by young people in the YAAR! project to raise awareness about AMR
NEW! A learning framework to support teaching and engaging children and young people about AMR.
AMR is a growing concern for everyone. Solutions to face this emerging challenge will require ideas and actions from a wide range of people and significant changes in the way we use antimicrobial medicine to treat infections. Working with children and young people is essential to ensure that people will be able to treat and manage infections and consequently save lives in the future. A good understanding of AMR, its causes, effects and current strategies for mitigation is essential to enable people to engage meaningfully with the challenge and contribute to solutions. The YAAR! team in collaboration Wellcome’s Education team and the Drug Resistant Infections team, have developed a progressive learning framework is a resource for educators, health and research professionals to enable them to develop young peoples’ understanding of:
the science behind AMR
the individual, community and global health risks AMR presents
the positive actions they can take to mitigate against AMR
The framework identifies key learning outcomes appropriate to different age groups that are applicable across a diverse range of settings and learning environments. It can be used as a tool for structuring curricula and learning activities. It is aimed at teachers, educators, research scientists and informal learning providers.