Having kick started the second phase of our Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) School Health Project where we scaled our activities to 30 schools in Osun and Lagos states, the Lagos team traveled to spend a week with our colleagues and our students who are members of our Health and Hygiene Clubs (called DRASA Ambassadors) in Osun state.
The essence of this visit, which was held between Tuesday 15th March and 18th March 2022, was to observe activities of the our Youth Trainers in their schools and to acquaint ourselves with school management and district authorities. The schools visited include: Oduduwa College, Ooni’s Girls High School, and St. David’s Grammar School in Ile-Ife as well as Osogbo Grammar School in Osogbo.
A former DRASA Ambassador from our 2018-2019 program, Glorious Erhuanga, joined us on the trip. Glorious was in her second year of secondary school when she joined our Health and Hygiene Club and she is now an undergraduate student of the University of Lagos studying English.
She spoke to our new Ambassadors to share her experience with DRASA and what she has done with what she learned from our Health and Hygiene Club in her school. She also highlighted the impact and benefits of the Health and Hygiene Club activities to the new Ambassadors and encouraged them to be consistent.
Glorious has also been featured on the WHO-AFRO website to highlight our efforts in addressing the burden of AMR in Nigeria through youth.
At our Health and Hygiene Club meetings, we observed active participation of students in carrying out the meeting activities. We also assessed our Youth Trainers for their ability to manage the class, communicate key lesson concepts, deliver the lessons within the timeframe, and ensure active engagement of the DRASA Ambassadors.
As we continue to implement the rest of our planned activities with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) AMR Division, WHO Africa Regional Office and WHO Nigeria Country Office, our commitment is to ensure that schools, including those in educationally-underserved communities, become the second most important factor after the family, that plays a powerful role in influencing children’s health-seeking behavior.
It gives us deep fulfillment to be part of Nigeria’s national vision of reducing the burden of antimicrobial resistance. We will continue using our behavioral change programs to groom young people into becoming healthy citizens influencing the health of those around them, as well as productive adults in the years to come.