Luísa Peixe, leader of the BacT_Drugs lab at UCIBIO-Porto, together with Filipa Grosso, researcher in the same lab, are part of the international consortium of the project SAFE- Superbug Awareness for Education, in the field of antimicrobial resistance, funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology – Health (EIT Health). The project, coordinated by the IS Global Barcelona, counts with the participation of 10 different institutions in Europe that include the Universitat de Barcelona (SP), Università degli studi de Napoli Federico II (IT), Institut Català de la Salut (SP), Universidade do Porto (PT), Instituto de Desarrollo Profesional (IDP) (SP), Sociedad Española de Microbiología (SEM) (SP), Roche Diagnostics SL (SP), Universidad Complutense de Madrid (SP), Escola Universitária Vasco da Gama (PT), and Roche Diagnostics.
The SAFE project will be implemented during 2021 aiming at increasing the antimicrobial resistance awareness in the general public. SAFE is associated with MicroMundo initiative by organizing Service Learning workshops for university and secondary-school students. In the second edition of SAFE, launched on the 5th of February 2021, the target audience will be extended to teachers, health professionals and patients by the development of an online course directed to primary and secondary school teachers, along with outreach and gamification resources. This tool will be used to amplify the program and increase its impact, together with the outreach resources, translated in languages involved in SAFE. The consortium will gather a broad range of stakeholders, including national agencies involved in microbiology research, civil society organizations, public entities, educational departments and private pharmaceutical sector.
“Our final objective is to contribute to building a society highly informed on microbiology related aspects and promote behavioral change towards situations such as the COVID-19 pandemic we are currently facing”, explains Luísa Peixe. To achieve it, the program will train undergraduates who in turn will conduct activities addressed to high school students supervised by experts on the field in Italy, Portugal and Spain.
MicroMundo, launched in Portugal in 2018, aims to increase awareness about ‘Antimicrobial Resistance’ in the community and to stimulate the interest in science and research of students from various educational levels.
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Virtual kick-off meeting of the SAFE second edition, February 5th, 2021: