LIBERIA – The College of Health Sciences and Allied Health Students Association (COSAHSA) in collaboration with the Department of Public Health of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) will celebrate its first anniversary on Friday, November 18, 2022, with a scientific symposium.
The daylong program, according to the release, will begin with a grand parade at 9 AM in central Monrovia to the campus of the AMEU on Camp Johnson Road for the indoor program scheduled at 1:00 PM in the University Auditorium.
The organizers see the symposium as a platform to commemorate “World Anti-Microbial Resistance Day” which will host Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan as the Guest Speaker, the release noted.
The release further notes that Dr. Nyan who is an Infectious Disease Scientist, a Biomedical Research Scientist, and Liberia’s lone Scientist will speak on the global theme: “Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Together”
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites change over time and no longer respond to medicines, making infections harder to treat and increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness, and death. As a result of drug resistance, antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines become ineffective and infections become increasingly difficult or impossible to treat, the release stated.
A global action plan to tackle the growing problem of resistance to antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines was endorsed at the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly in May 2015. One of the key objectives of the plan is to improve awareness and understanding of AMR through effective communication, education, and training.
World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) is a global campaign that is celebrated annually to improve awareness and understanding of AMR and encourage best practices among the public,
COSAHSA through the Department of Public Health, urged all science students, Faculties, Staff, and invitees to form part of the parade and be present at the Scientific Symposium and Anniversary.
However, the program is expected to bring together about 200 students, academics, researchers, government entities, and policymakers in all aspects of science to identify solutions for addressing the challenges facing our communities and country.
Meanwhile, the association is calling on all students to wear their department T-shirts on Friday to commemorate World Anti-Microbial Resistance Day and simultaneously the celebrations of the first Anniversary of the Public Health Department.