Innovate4AMR 2019- an online challenge for students to design innovative solutions for antimicrobial resistance in developing countries

Innovate4AMR 2018 finalists

Innovate4AMR 2019- the second edition of an online challenge for students organised by ReAct North America, International Federation of Medical Students Associations, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and South Centre; and supported by World Health Organization. 

Innovate4AMR is an online competition looking for innovative and creative solutions that will help address the issues of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) from a systems change perspective. We are looking for competitors to focus on tackling antimicrobial stewardship in low-resource healthcare settings, with the specific objectives of increasing access and reducing inequity (that is to say, not encouraging overuse or underuse). The solutions should be context-specific and carefully catered to the existing AMR landscape of a given geographic area. Solutions should take into consideration the strategic set of actors to move the issue. The proposed solutions should be financially sustainable with the potential for real-world adoption, scale-up, and strong likelihood of achieving a lasting impact. Student teams are encouraged to involve multiple disciplines, including but not limited to medicine, public health, engineering, food consumption, supply chain, business management and finance.

Finalist teams will attend a capacity building workshop. Each team will be reimbursed for their travel expenses up to $5,000 to enable up to two members per team to attend (additional team members may attend at their own expense). This would cover expenses such as the booking of flights, registration fees, lodging, and some group meals. At this conference, teams will have the opportunity to meet with health experts and make connections with groups who could help operationalize their proposed solution. There is also potential to have follow-on, technical support of teams through pairing with regional offices and/or civil society organizations if the team proposals align well with these organization’s current work plans.

This year's theme is "Antimicrobial stewardship in resource-limited healthcare settings, with the objective of ensuring access and increasing equity" The last date for submitting your full proposal is 16th September 2019. Visit https://innovate4amr.wordpress.com/ for more details.