Antimicrobial resistance – What’s WASH got to do with it?
Evidence and experiences from Nigeria
Interventions based on improved water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are on the list for antimicrobial resistance containment, but not typically as priorities. In this seminar, Professor Iruka N.Okeke will present data on the epidemiology and microbiology of enteric bacteria within Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa, pointing to WASH shortfalls as key to pathogen and resistance dissemination. She will make a case for focusing awareness, surveillance, infection prevention and control, as well as research, around WASH as a necessary, urgent and essential tool against resistance and disease.
Iruka N.Okeke, University of Ibadan
Iruka N Okeke is Professor of Pharmaceutical Microbiology and a Calestous Juma Science Leadership Fellow at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Her research group uses microbiology, genetic and genomic methods to investigate the mechanisms bacteria use to colonize humans, cause disease and gain drug resistance. She also studies laboratory practice in Africa and contributes to collaborative genomic surveillance for antimicrobial resistance. Iruka has authored several scientific articles as well as the books Divining Without Seeds: The case for strengthening laboratory medicine in Africa (Cornell) and Genetics: Genes, Genomes and Evolution (Oxford). She is a Fellow of the Nigerian and African Academies of Science.