Using e-Bug to teach younger folks on an infection prevention and management

Educating all generations about antibiotic resistance

Infections attributable to antibiotic-resistant micro organism have gotten more and more tough to deal with. As the misuse and overuse of antibiotics contributes to the rising emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), you will need to interact with the general public as a lot as doable, as they’ve a significant function to play in decreasing AMR.

All age teams must be conscious and cautious about antibiotic use, together with kids and younger folks. To this finish, PHE function a free well being useful resource known as e-Bug, consisting of lesson plans, worksheets and multimedia for educators and college students from ages four to 18. e-Bug, which is an evidence-based useful resource, primarily educates college students on an infection prevention and management and covers a variety of subjects together with:

  • antibiotics
  • vaccinations
  • microbes
  • hygiene

The assets have been developed alongside college students, academics and public well being professionals. Not solely is e-Bug a great tool that hyperlinks to the nationwide curriculum, the assets have been endorsed by NICE, can be found in 23 languages and are utilised by 23 international locations worldwide. e-Bug additionally runs Train the Trainer periods for academics and native authority professionals on the actions and classes to extend implementation of the assets in  the UK. Since 2016, e-Bug has educated over 100 people.

Peer Education; an revolutionary methodology to teach younger folks on AMR

The peer training mannequin developed by e-Bug includes college students instructing different college students of the identical age or youthful. A latest study by e-Bug involving secondary faculty college students instructing major faculty college students on an infection prevention and management showcased the advantages of this method. Peer training on hygiene, microbes and an infection prevention elevated information consumption, and improved communication and confidence.

e-Bug at present hosts peer training assets for secondary faculties and additional training (A-level) on an infection prevention, antibiotics and antibiotic resistance. The crew are at present evaluating the additional training assets with Cardiff University and Manchester University, wherein college college students train A-level faculty college students about antibiotic resistance, who in flip train their very own friends.

Our peer training mannequin has additionally been highlighted in PHE’s pledge for the ‘#iwill campaign’, with hopes to make use of the mannequin to show about wider points similar to sexual well being within the close to future.

British Science Week 2018

As a part of this yr’s British Science Week (9-18 March), PHE scientists will probably be visiting 10 faculties throughout England to carry interactive science workshops for pupils aged 13-14 years. The scientists collaborating concentrate on a variety of disciplines, together with toxicology, microbiology, environmental public well being, microscopy, vaccine analysis and epidemiology.

The e-Bug crew has been an vital accomplice within the supply of British Science Week by main outreach coaching periods geared toward all scientists collaborating within the science workshops,  and advising the scientists all through the event of their actions.

From pupils extracting DNA from their very own cells utilizing family merchandise, to a science and health-related sport of Articulate and quizzes on air air pollution, the intention of those workshops is to encourage the youthful era and future scientists to think about a STEM-related profession and showcase the number of areas inside science that they might pursue.

British Science Week is an annual ten-day occasion, with this yr being its 24th yr operating. It encourages organisations, scientific professionals, science communicators and educators to organise occasions that interact most people with STEM.

To have a good time British Science Week, e-Bug can be exhibiting at The Big Bang, Birmingham; an annual truthful organised to encourage younger folks on science and engineering. The Big Bang brings in roughly 70,000 guests annually and this yr, e-Bug will probably be presenting a variety of their incredible actions for attendees to become involved with. One instance is Bogey Busters, an thrilling exercise involving a snot blaster to show about respiratory hygiene and the unfold of an infection. At Big Bang, attendees can have the chance to check out the Snotgun, predict the velocity and distance of a sneeze and take a selfie with the crew utilizing e-Bug’s new Bogey Buster Snapchat filter.

e-Bug, in collaboration with NICE, lately experimented with the usage of Snapchat throughout World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2017, when an antibiotic themed Snapchat geofilter was piloted at We the Curious on European Antibiotic Awareness Day.

Interested in getting concerned with e-Bug?

Learn concerning the incredible assets and actions:

  • Lesson plans: These can be utilized in PSHE and Biology classes, assemblies and well being occasions. All lesson plans are consistent with the National Curriculum and UK examination boards. These lesson plans cowl a variety of subjects similar to microbes, hygiene and antibiotics for college kids whether or not they’re at major facultysecondary faculty or doing their A –Levels
  • Assemblies: Give an meeting to the entire faculty utilizing the e-Bug meeting actions pack, downloadable from the e-Bug teacher home. The actions included are good for assemblies, notably on science themed days or throughout nationwide well being campaigns
  • Secondary Peer Education : run actions the place college students train their friends or major faculty college students about microbes, hygiene and antibiotics
  • A-Level Peer Education : run actions round antibiotics wherein college students train their non-science friends or different college students throughout the faculty
  • Host an afterschool science membership or brownies/scout group –  The Beat the Bugs  course could be run through the membership/group, which is filled with enjoyable and interactive actions and video games