About

The Dust Bunny project will apply design research methods coupled with microbiological analyses to address issues of home-based infections in Ghana, particularly those carrying antimicrobial resistance, resulting in a reduction of infection and in positive increase of health outcomes.

Aims & Objectives

To develop an understanding of the home as a source of infection of AMR bacteria carried by dust, by exploring hygiene practices across different home environments in Ghana, with the ultimate aim to reduce bacterial infection in the home environment thereby reducing AMR.

Motivation

Bacteria are made up of pathogens (bad germs) and non-pathogens (good germs) and are generally found across the home. Most surfaces are covered to a certain degree with bacteria, but dust can move easily around the home and presents a major route for human exposure to bacterial infections.

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Dust Bunny households co-design home cleaning interventions

In September 2019 the Dust Bunny team run a co-design workshop with several of the households participating in the project. The aim of the workshop was to co-design interventions that householders will take back and implement. The households were representative…

The Dust Bunny project is aired on Ghana TV

The Dust Bunny project has attracted the Interest of journalist Peggy Ama Donkor (Journalist of the Year 2005 award) who created a video documentary on it. The video was aired on Ghana Today Television (the national public broadcaster of Ghana,…

Microbiology study reveals link between dust and AMR

Dust Bunny has investigated the microbiological content of dust by isolating bacteria from dust obtained from a range of homes in Accra in Ghana.  We tested the bacteria for resistance to a number of commonly used antibiotics and found that…

Community and experts pave the way for new Global Health project

In a co-design workshop run in February in Accra, representatives of the communities participating in the Dust Bunny project and experts (public health, epidemiology, behavioural psychology, etc) came together to co-develop an interdisciplinary research project  addressing infectious disease in the…

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Engaging with community and experts in Accra

The Dust Bunny team run engagement workshops in the second week of February in Accra, Ghana. The workshops engaged with members of the community who are participating in the project as well as Ghanian external to the project public health…

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The Dust Bunny team is hosting a dissemination workshop in Ghana

Dust Bunny is a 2-year UK funded research project that applies innovative design research methods coupled with microbiological analyses to address issues of home-based infections in Ghana, particularly those carrying antimicrobial resistance, resulting in a reduction of infection and in…

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