Antimicrobial Resistance Schools Poster Competition

Antimicrobial resistance is the ability of microorganisms to overcome almost all of the antimicrobial treatments that we currently have. It has been identified as one of the main challenges facing the 21st century. Unless we find new approaches to deal with these bugs, it might not be long before we will find ourselves in a situation similar to times before the development of the penicillins, where simple infections turn out to have deadly consequences.

Aston University and partners invited schools to participate in a poster competition for Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). Children designed a poster about the topic using a poster template. The aim of this competition was to raise awareness of this issue, and enable children and young people to learn about the topic.

The judges had a tough time selecting the top entries. Congratulations to the winners and runners up whose posters can be seen below. The winners and runners-up have been invited to a special presentation ceremony with their families on Thursday 16th November where they will receive their prizes, see their designs printed A1 size and meet some of Aston University’s Pharmacy and Microbiology team and our Partners.

Primary school winner: 

Zaiba from Holbrook Primary School

AMR schools competition primary winner
Secondary school winner:

Gursimran from Lordswood Girls' School

AMR schools competition secondary winner
Primary school runner up:

Lauren from Wylde Green Primary School

AMR schools competition runner up primary
Secondary school runner up:

Anfah from Hodge Hill Girls School

AMR schools competition runner up secondary
  • Any school in Birmingham or surrounding areas
  • Primary School pupils: years 3 to 6
  • Secondary School pupils: all year groups
  • Two winners were selected; one from Primary School and one from Secondary School. 
  • Prize: Tablet computer and a GIANT Microbe®. The winning poster was printed and shared with local schools, hospitals, and other healthcare establishments.
  • The children from the winning schools were invited to receive their prize at Aston University during World Antibiotic Awareness Week.
  • Participating schools received the opportunity to have an educational assembly on antimicrobial resistance delivered by experienced healthcare professionals and science and healthcare students from Aston University.
  • Every child who participated earned an Antibiotic Guardian digital badge.
  • Every child who participated was awarded a certificate.

The poster had to be designed on this template. It could be designed using whatever media the child wishes.

The key messages that were encouraged were:

  • Regular handwashing prevents infection, particularly:
    • before, during and after preparing food
    • After using the bathroom
    • After exposure to animals or animal waste
    • After coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose
  • Using a tissue when coughing and sneezing can prevent sharing your infection – Catch it, Bin it, Kill it!
  • Only use antibiotics when prescribed.
  • Never demand antibiotics if your health professional says you don’t need them.
  • Always follow the advice given when using antibiotics.
  • Never share or use leftover antibiotics.

Hints and tips:

  • Keep it simple.
  • Make it eye catching.
  • Make sure that the messages are clear and concise.
  • Think about how much have space you have, and how you might use it effectively.
  • The Junior and Family Antibiotic Guardian website as part of the wider Antibiotic Guardian campaign.
  • e-Bug educational resource which also has lesson plans is a free resource.
  • A national media AMR campaign (Keep Antibiotics Working) will run on TV from October 23rd and there will be free resources that children can take home to their parents.
  • Digital badging website Make Waves.

This was a fantastic opportunity to get across simple, but really important messages to children, their families and their communities throughout Birmingham. We really wanted people to take part and contribute to the success of the campaign!

  • Aston University
  • Antibiotic Guardian (led by Public Health England)
  • NHS Birmingham CrossCity CCG
  • Birmingham City Council
  • Heart of England Foundation NHS

This also links in with a national media campaign which was launched in October 2017. 

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