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23rd December 2020
EAST AFRICA CASE STUDY UK – Africa collaborations in combatting Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

The report, produced by Prospect IP, aims to provide a mapping exercise to measure the state of UK-Africa collaboration in knowledge exchange in infectious disease surveillance and control in animals and humans, and combatting antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. In addition, the study identifies opportunities for strengthening UK collaboration with countries in East Africa in these areas.

The study indicates there are wide ranging collaborations involving the UK and the East African countries (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania) in AMR management, and projects focus on supporting these countries’ AMR strategy and National Action Plans. Many of these collaborations are supported by the Fleming Fund, a major UK initiative to tackle AMR in LMIC, with emphasis on AMR surveillance, monitoring and antibiotic conservation in both human and animals.

Findings show although progress in AMR management in all three countries has improved over the past 5 years, there are many areas that are still below average according to the Tripartite AMR country self-assessment survey (TrACSS). These and other areas not currently supported by the UK or other collaborative projects present opportunities for the Bloomsbury SET. Based on the feedback from stakeholders and the current status of the NAPs of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania a number of areas have been identified as possible opportunities for our programme support and intervention in the short and medium term. The potential opportunities should also be aligned with the skills set and capabilities of the Bloomsbury SET members.