Management of animal diseases and antimicrobial use by information and communication technology to control AMR in East Africa. This 3-year JPIAMR project is a collaboration between researchers in SLU, the International Livestock Institute (ILRI), University of Nairobi and Makerere University. The overall objective of the project is to provide an ICT framework for improved monitoring and control of AMU and AMR in livestock in LICs.
In low-income countries (LICs), patterns of livestock diseases, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and antimicrobial use (AMU) are largely unknown. MAD-tech-AMR will develop a framework for surveillance of AMU, diseases that trigger AMU and perceived problems with AMR, for field testing in East African poultry production systems. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will be coupled with veterinary epidemiology and social science methods.
MAD-tech-AMR will assess if veterinary telemedicine coupled with ICT systems can change AMU. Baseline data on AMU practices and actors involved will be collected, and incentives and barriers to prudent AMU explored. A platform to register drug purchases and a database to monitor drug sales will be developed along with a mobile application for animal health advice and information about AMR. The ICT framework will be pilot-tested in poultry production systems in Kenya and Uganda. It can be expanded in the future to allow inclusion of diagnostic tools, but the initial focus will be on clinical diagnosis based on tele-consultation and evidence-based therapeutic strategies.
The project was initiated in April 2020 but due to the current pandemic, all field work has been delayed.
Professor Susanna Sternberg Lewerin