June 2021

Ugandan dairy farmer Tonny Kidega takes a keen interest in preventing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in his country. Photo credit: Tony Kidega.

This article was originally published by Health Policy Watch 

Dairy farmer Tonny Kidega is passionate about his cattle and his country’s health systems – and has been championing the importance of limiting the use of antibiotics to curb the development of drug-resistant “superbugs” and antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Based in the Gulu district in northern Uganda, Kidega is a veterinarian and the Managing Director of the Gulu Uganda Country Dairy Limited.

He is also a firm supporter of Uganda’s new national action plan to eliminate the use of unnecessary antibiotics in livestock farming, which is the main driver of drug resistance – which could mean that common antibiotic medicines will no longer work on humans or animals.

“If I am reckless and I do not follow the procedures within my milk production value chain, and it gets antimicrobial residues, AMR will continue in the system,” said Kidega.

A health worker in Madagascar prepares to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine. Photo credit: Samy Rakotoniaina/MSH

by Wade Warren and Marian W. Wentworth

This post originally appeared on the Next Billion website. 

As the world takes action to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), we are reminded of the effectiveness of vaccination for many routine childhood diseases. According to the World Health Organization, routine vaccination prevents 4 to 5 million deaths each year, a testament to the success of vaccine programs and the commitment of stakeholders, including GAVIUSAID and country governments.