Developing strategies for promoting health or preventing ‘illbeing’ of the population forms one of the most complex global challenges. As such, global health challenges, such as Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), are hugely complex problems with diverse influences, driven by human activity as much as by biological mechanisms. Biomedical, clinical and medical expertise alone cannot tackle global health issues alone. Collaborative and innovative interdisciplinary approaches are needed to tackle such challenge.
The Antimicrobial Resistance, Community Engagement, Global Health and the Arts and Humanities, organised in Kathmandu, Nepal between the 26th – 28th of June 2019, focused on this theme. The event, organised by Leeds University, highlighted the value of transdisciplinarity and in particular participatory approaches and community engagement in the context of Global Health and AMR.
During the event, the Dust Bunny presentation demonstrated that from an epidemiology and public health perspective, combining knowledge from multiple sources presents the best opportunity to adequately address public health concerns, such as in the case of AMR. More precisely, it demonstrated that the use of a design research approach to address antimicrobial resistance management at the household level can provide insights into the behavioural challenges, and promote best practices for public health implementation. This is a practice that adds more value to the microbiology and public health aspects of the project, which would typically not engage further with households after sampling has been completed.
We envisage that the experiences and insights outlined in the event and our presentation of the project, will help other researchers to embark on transdisciplinary research that challenges the boundaries of their disciplines in new specialist medical areas.