Occurance, Sources and Prevention of Antimicrobial Resistance in West Africa (AMRIWA)

 - 02/2022

Antibiotics have made it possible for people to live longer, healthier lives. Antimicrobial resistance, however, is an increasing problem, especially in low-resource settings. This project will employ a range of methods from microbiology, clinical medicine and sociology to produce new knowledge about how AMR genes spread especially in poor West African regions, in areas where local capacity to address AMR is limited, and identify ways how the spread of AMR could be curbed.

AMRIWA is a interdisciplinary collaborative research project funded by the Academy of Finland and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland from 2018 to 2022 as part of the Academy of Finland’s Develop programme. The sociological sub-project will employ participatory and visual methods to work with local communities to understand AMR related practices and generate public knowledge about AMR within the region.

As part of the AMRIWA project, we collaborate closely with the research group Molecular Environmental Biosciences (MEB), based in the Department of Microbiology of the University of Helsinki and headed by University Lecturer Marko Virta.

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Postdoctoral researcher

University of Helsinki

Jose A. Cañada
University researcher

University of Helsinki

Director | Professor

University of Helsinki


University of Helsinki, FI, Medicine
University of Helsinki, FI, Microbiology
University of Abomey-Calavi, BJ, Health Anthropology
University of Witwatersrand, ZA, Pathogen Genomics
Higher Institute of Population Sciences, BF, Sociology
Clinical Research Unit of Nanoro, BF, Anthropology