History and Motives3 motivated youths who decided it is time to act
Save Our Cure started up in September 26th, 2016 by 3 high school students, and we’ve been hustling ever since. From our beginnings as Youth Against Antimicrobial Resistance (YAAMR) to hosting our first antibiotic stewardship session in 2017, we’ve tried to stay true to our core belief—Bringing youths into focus—and to facilitate our community on the mission to manage antibiotic resistance. We owe a huge thanks to our community for joining us on this awesome journey, and we hope that you’ll continue to be a part of our story.
Currently, our members are busy connecting with schools to host our first batch of sessions. Stay tuned!
Youths are largely excluded from antibiotic stewardship programs due to their relatively low antibiotic use. However, Save Our Cure sees 3 major factors that make youth an important actor in the global mission of managing antibiotic resistance.
1. They are the future generation of antibiotic user
Despite their current low use of antibiotics, youths will soon start to manage their own antibiotic use and prescription. By educating them at an early age about proper antibiotic usage and the increasing threat of antibiotic resistance associated with inappropriate antibiotics use, we could prevent future misuse and establish a sustainable cycle of antibiotic stewardship.
2. They have a fresh mind
Unlike adults who already have an established behavior and mindset regarding antibiotic usage, youth’s overall lack of experience on antibiotic usage makes them more receptive towards behavior interventions.
3. They are easy to target
Most youths attend schools. Antibiotic stewardship program implanted at a school-level is more well-targeted and can cover the bulk of the population, which is essential in creating a mutually-reinforcing environment that encourages appropriate antibiotic use.
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