MRCG Staff Member Takes the Lead as the New AMR Centre Student Representative

In the mission to tackle Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), the MRC Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has a new champion in its ranks. Bakary Sanyang, a PhD student under the MRC Gambia at LSHTM doctoral training programme, has stepped into the role of AMR Centre Student Representative. This appointment not only highlights Bakary's unwavering commitment but also underscores the Unit's dedication to combating AMR.
Bakary Sanyang

AMR is a significant global health concern, affecting multiple facets of our lives. Tackling such a complex issue necessitates a united, multidisciplinary approach, and the AMR Centre serves as an ideal platform for learning and contributing to this cause. Bakary's selection for this position signals the Unit's active participation in addressing this global challenge.  

In his new role, Bakary will lead the charge in student-led activities and initiatives aimed at raising awareness about AMR, fostering research collaboration, and supporting evidence-based policymaking. His appointment is not just a recognition of his capabilities but an embodiment of the Unit's commitment to being part of the solution. 

He explained, "my role as the centre’s student representative is to liaise between LSHTM students involved in AMR-related projects and the Centre’s leadership. I'll be responsible for organizing and coordinating the Centre’s activities for students at the school. This one-year tenure promises an exciting journey working with our vibrant student community under the guidance of our exceptional centre coordinators and pillar heads." 

"As a young researcher, I am eager to learn and engage with fellow researchers from diverse backgrounds to expand my horizons on AMR and develop the research leadership skills essential for extending global efforts in the fight against AMR to sub-Saharan Africa, where much work is still needed. In a world where even, routine medical procedures become life-threatening without effective antibiotics, the role of the AMR Centre Student Representative is paramount," he said. 

Bakary expressed his enthusiasm for supporting the AMR Centre’s efforts in promoting awareness and encouraging student engagement in the Centre’s activities, including monthly meetings and seminars. He envisions fostering knowledge exchange within the student community, sparking greater interest in AMR research, and creating a dynamic community of like-minded young researchers who can advance the work on AMR research across the different units of the school and their partner institutions.  

Bakary shared his optimism about this critical global health issue and the tools and expertise required to address it. 

AMR Centre Co-Director, Professor Kat Holt, welcomed Bakary to the Centre leadership group earlier this month. “We are very pleased to have Bakary join us as the new AMR Centre Student Representative. He replaces Saffiatou Darboe, also from MRCG, who has done a stellar job for the past year. I am really looking forward to working with Bakary over the coming months, looking to find new ways to support and encourage students across the LSHTM community to engage more in AMR research and advocacy.” 

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