Project Leader: Prof LEE Wing Yan Vivian
Business Area: Education, HealthCare: Pharmaceutical
Starting Year: 2018-04-01
Issue: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has become a major threat to global public health today and Hong Kong is no exception – the number of community associated AMR related cases has increased five-fold in the past nine years. AMR occurs due to over and inappropriate use of antimicrobial medicines in human and animals, resulting in “superbugs” that are no longer controllable with previously effective treatments. Not only will further treatment become more difficult, costly or even impossible, but also the risk of disease spreading escalates. At the same time, there is no proper way for general households to dispose of unused drugs, which, when dumped at landfills, may enter the environment and increase AMR risks.
Impact: The team has held 9 workshops and trained over 400 students, who promoted the health message to 4000 public members. Nearly 100 kinds of residual drugs are collected, amounting up to 40kg. Participants record a solid increase in AMR knowledge. Through hands-on experience, student ambassadors develop a greater sense of empathy to identify the physical and psychosocial needs of the elderly, on top of improving their health-delivering skills.
Beneficiaries: – 2489 elderly people served in outreach services– 1738 general public participants at public lectures and health fairs– 417 university and secondary school students
Solution: The team’s initiative BASIC responds to the government’s call to help raising public awareness on the use of antimicrobial medicines, and the consequences of improper use and disposal of the drugs. Contrary to most unidirectional governmental campaigns, the project trains student volunteers to be AMR ambassadors to fill the gap in community engagement. Ambassador teams then organise outreach services and awareness events including health checks for the elderly, AMR education as well as residual drug collection services.

BASIC (Broad Antimicrobial-resistance Service-learning & Intervention in the Community)