PREVENT IT | Risk Management and Prevention of Antibiotics Resistance is a three-year (2019-2021) Higher Education Capacity Building project (CBHE), funded by the European Commission Erasmus+ programme (2014-2020). The vision of the project is to contribute to a future where every individual is aware of antibiotics resistance and is empowered with the right education to address the issue.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), by 2050 antimicrobial resistance is expected to be the first cause of death, creating more causalities than cancer and diabetes combined. It also highlighted that awareness and understanding of ABR, through effective communication, education, and training should be addressed and improved.
A preliminary study conducted by the PREVENT IT consortium highlighted that the absence of academic modules on risk management and prevention of ABR, along with a low awareness in Indian society. European universities are assisting the Indian universities and NGOs to design new curricula on ABR. This project aims at addressing these challenges, by amongst others offering online courses - creating awareness sessions including through social media - setting up a living lab where health science experts, students and health care personnel can be trained.
Coordinated by Chitkara University Punjab, the PREVENT IT Indo-European consortium is composed by four European universities – the Rīga Stradiņš University, the University of Milan, the University of Maastricht and the Catholica University Portugal – collaborating with five Indian Universities, Amrita V. V. University, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Symbiosis International (deemed) University - and two Indian non-governmental organizations from Rural Institute for People’s Enlightenment and Voluntary Health Association of Tripura.