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Antimicrobial resistance: what you need to know


Bacteria and other disease-causing microbes are becoming drug-resistant. We look at why this is and what can be done\



What is antimicrobial resistance?

Bacteria and other microbes that cause diseases in humans and animals arebecoming increasingly resistant to previously effective drugs. And this is potentially a big problem. The World Health Organisation fears we are heading for a “post-antibiotic era in which common infections and minor injuries, which have been treatable for decades, can once again kill”. One health expert described resistance to antibiotics as “a silent tsunami, crumbling down the pillars upon which modern medicine is built”.


Why is it in the news?

Antimicrobial resistance will become “an even greater threat to mankind than cancer” without global action, according to the UK’s chancellor, George Osborne.


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Article and photo credit: The guardian




NGOs urge Government of Kenya to reconsider intended closure of refugee camps

Over the years, Kenya has been recognised as a safe haven for persons seeking refuge from conflict and environmental disasters. We the undersigned NGOs view as unfortunate the position assumed by the Government of Kenya, in a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior on the 6th of May, 2016 that disbands the Department of Refugee Affairs (DRA) and indicates that this will be followed by the closure of the Dadaab and Kakuma camps within the shortest time possible.

Shutting down the refugee camps will mean increased protection risks for the thousands of refugees and asylum seekers – majority of who are women, children and unaccompanied minors.

Read our joint statement here

Women enrolled for El Wak Project

Women have their details captured during an enrolment exercise for the El Wak Project 


Forty women were recently registered and are set to benefit from activities of the AAH-I's livelihood project in El Wak, Gedo Region, Somalia. Most of the women run small businesses in El Wak Town. The exercise was jointly conducted with Nomadic Assistance for Peace and Development (NAPAD), AAH-I's partner on the project. 

Saafi Mohamud Ahmed, 36, and a mother of four and married for the last 17 years talked to one of the project officers on the sidelines. “I have a small shop in town in which I have stocked foodstuffs and women’s clothes,” she says.
AAH Somalia launched the Integrated Community Rehabilitation programme in February, this year, a three-year project in El Wak District that targets two locations. These are El Wak Town and Ausqurun, located about 80 kilometres from the town.

The project is expected to support women such as Saafi gain knowledge on financial literacy, entrepreneurial skills and good agricultural/pastoral practices. This is through establishment of kitchen gardens and training women milk vendors on safe handling process of the product and value chain addition.

Saafi says she hopes to acquire skills in business. “I am looking forward to getting skills and if possible some money to expand my small shop,” she says. "I am glad I will be one of the people the project will train. I really want to learn how I can run a successful business and have more money to support my family." 



Staff urged to embrace team working


Dr Tabayi, AAH-I Board chairman plants an avocado tree at the AAH Yei office compound


AAH South Sudan staff have been urged to embrace teamwork in order to serve communities better. Dr John Tabayi, AAH-I International Board chairman, encouraged staff to work more closely with all stakeholders.

Speaking while touring AAH South Sudan projects in Yei River State, Dr Tabayi told staff in the different health facilities to serve the community with diligence. “Carry out health education outreach programmes to sensitise community members on preventable disease. This will help people embrace good health habits,” he said.

He witnessed some of the challenges communities face in accessing healthcare services and the struggling health facilities. Inadequate supply of drugs and lack of fridges for storing vaccines were some critical issues that would need to be addressed in some areas. Other facilities such as Mugwo Primary Health Care Centre in Yei were in need of expansion to cater for the more residents.

Dr Tabayi was accompanied by the AAH South Sudan board chairman, Hon Khamis Benz, the Country Director Emmanuel Minari and Steven Gaga Lukudu, a new board member for South Sudan. During the State visit, Dr Tabayi and the team planted fruit trees in commemoration  of the AAH-I  founder, the late Dr Vivian. P. Erasmus.

Funds secured for an environmental project in Kawambwa, Zambia


Lameck Simwanza (right), AAH Zambia Country Director, with Finland Ambassador to Zambia, Timo Olkkonen during the contract signing ceremony for the Environment Project.


AAH Zambia has signed a two-year contract to implement an environmental management project funded by the Finnish Government. The project, worth  €147, 000 ($166 110), is earmarked to benefit 1300  people and will be implemented in Kawambwa District, Luapula Province. Activities will include tree planting, making and use of energy-saving stoves and promotion of conservation farming methods.
Speaking during the signing ceremony held in mid-April, Finland Ambassador to Zambia, Timo Olkkonen, said the overall objective of the funds is to enhance the role of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the implementation of sound environmental management projects.
“Finland is committed to building the capacity of CSOs to implement sustainable environmental projects that benefit communities,” explained Olkkonen.
The envoy said the funds will especially support advocacy initiatives. "This is even more important among communities in rural areas that rely heavily on natural resources for their livelihoods,” he said.

On his part, AAH Zambia Country Director thanked the Ambassador and the Finnish government for providing funding this project. "We are very grateful that we the Finnish government has recognized AAH Zambia's effort in this sector. We will do all it takes to ensure a successful project that benefits the Kawambwa community," he said in his closing remarks.


Inspiring story ahead of the World Refugee day.