SAPPO participates in the AMR hackathon

An initiative of The Trinity Challenge and the South African Medical Research Council

The recent antimicrobial resistance (AMR) hackathon in Cape Town celebrated the launch of The Trinity Challenge on Antimicrobial Resistance. The Trinity Challenge was founded in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with the goal of finding data-driven solutions that would be inclusive, innovative, and collaborative to predict and manage future outbreaks.

Human medicine, veterinary medicine, and environmental professionals attended the hackathon and participants were divided into teams with representatives from each of these ‘One Health’ disciplines. The interaction between the different disciplines on problem-solving “a disease outbreak that no longer responded to treatment” was of real value. In addition, sharing the differences and similarities between animal and human disease investigations was enriching.

The last team task of the day was modelling a computer dashboard to predict and guide a response to a disease outbreak, during which teams had to define data sources and surveillance methodologies among other parameters to achieve the goal set.

The Trinity Challenge team aims to repeat the hackathon in other countries in their endeavour to find solutions to the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance.

P.S. We are pleased to report that Pork 360 was complimented on its standards which promote responsible antibiotic use, as well as the on-going antibiotic residue monitoring that is performed.

Dr Peter Evans