e-Bug: online learning package launched in India

November 2017

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e-Bug - an online educational package by Public Health England
Public Health England

Antibiotic resistance is an enormous global health threat, at times it can seem a bit abstract and overwhelming. How do bacteria become resistant to antibiotics? When should antibiotics be taken? What happens when we run out of effective antibiotics? What better way to learn the answers to these questions than to start early, with our youngest generations? Public Health England (PHE) has developed an online educational package – e-Bug, with lesson plans, worksheets, games, activities and animations.

The e-Bug project aims to help educators teach their students about microbiology, hygiene and the spread, treatment and prevention of disease. It is also provides an easily understandable introduction to antibiotic resistance and the roles we can all play to reducing the threat.

“Our e-Bug games and teaching guides explain anti-microbial resistance and bring to life for children and young people how infections spread and what they can do to prevent it,” said PHE’s chief executive Professor Duncan Selbie.

One simple and important area included in the project is infection prevention and control. Hand and respiratory hygiene and spread of infections in the community are covered, including teaching how to wash hands most effectively.

In 2017 e-Bug was translated into Hindi and Tamil languages with the assistance of the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER). It was officially launched at a workshop organised by PHE at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases in Bengaluru. The workshop brought together 50 experts from 35 organisations across UK and India, strengthening collaboration between the two countries on antimicrobial resistance, particularly drug-resistant tuberculosis.

The threat posed by antibiotic resistance in India is significant, due to the high burden of infectious disease and unregulated antibiotic sales. Introducing this project in local languages in India is a very positive step, which will help to empower educators to spread awareness in India’s youth population.