The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) is a State Corporation established through the Science and Technology (Amendment) Act of 1979, which has since been amended to Science, Technology and Innovation Act 2013. The 1979 Act established KEMRI as a national body responsible for carrying out health research in Kenya.
In June 2016, journalists and researchers came together at KEMRI for the 1st AMR Media Training held at the Training Centre. The objective of the training was to improve health reporting in the media particularly on AMR issues as well as highlight the critical dangers associated with antimicrobial resistance (AMR) to humans, animals and crops.
At the end of the training participants agreed that there was a need to establish an AMR Media Network that will spearhead activities that are geared towards raising awareness in the media and within the public on AMR. The objectives of the AMR Media Network are as follows;-
To develop and advocate for Media Coverage on AMR in order to raise awareness in the media and public.
To establish and develop media partnership in tackling the AMR challenge recognizing media as a critical partner.
To measure the impact of media coverage in behaviour change among the population on AMR.
To increase access to reliable information on AMR including best practices, that enables them to take action.
During the Training Mr.Davis Mkoji, the Head of Corporate Affairs Department at KEMRI was nominated as the Chair of the network and Dr. Eva Wesangula, from AMR National Action Plan (Kenya) as the Co-Chair.
The AMR Media Network seeks to create a one stop shop for accurate, updated information on AMR for both the press and the general public, as well as develop a data base of Media personalities that have an interest in reporting on AMR issues both in Kenya and the region.