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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In 2021, over 25,000 young leaders on 2,000+ campuses across 153 nations applied to join the Class of 2021. 136 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 2,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2021 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.



Lusaka Apex Medical University | Lusaka, Zambia | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 9


" This fellowship will allow me the opportunity to share spaces with people who hold the same values and sentiments as I do when it comes to creating a better, more informed world. Most importantly, I get to play an active role in elevating the lives of my fellow Africans by educating, supporting and assisting in their research capacities speaking to AMR. I believe that targeting the youth in understanding the concerns of AMR would result in a multi-faced
array of development both on a local and international scale, and I seek to achieve that. I am excited to assist youth in stepping up to the plate and
contributing to the best of their abilities to be active agents in change, equality and betterment of society. I believe that rebuilding of society and maintaining a future society lies on the shoulder of the youth post-pandemic, and empowering the youth and younger generation to shoulder the responsibility with confidence and optimism despite the prejudices of being young. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: I AMResponsible Africa

Young people, particularly students are the future stakeholders in health, education, policy making, leadership, and politics. Sensitizing them on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) will make it easier to inculcate multidisciplinary interventions in the fight against AMR. My project is a student-driven project under the guidance of health professionals. We empower and mold our fellow students and young people to become lead guardians in the fight against Antimicrobial Resistance through education, infection prevention, research, and innovation.

The project is anchored on a One Health Approach and involves students from all faculties. Through education forums, we sensitize students on the existence, dangers, and practices of curtailing AMR. To instill a culture of social responsibility and the spirit of an Antibiotic guardian, interested students are enrolled as volunteers in our community based program in urban informal settlements. These settlements bear the heaviest brunt of AMR due to poor sanitation and inaccessibility of quality healthcare services. In liaison with fellow students, we educate the residents on AMR as well as design and implement sustainable interventions aimed at improving their health which translates to reduced spread of AMR.

About the Millennium Fellow

Avis Anya Nowbuth is a motivated and ambitious medical researcher who inspires healthcare workers to tackle the issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), especially in low-middle income countries. Anya is also a Pan-African Organisation of Health, Education and Research (POHER) scholar where she is working on multiple research projects aimed to improve health awareness in African communities. She was named as one of the Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans 2021, showcasing South Africa’s eminent and accomplished young people. She was also presented with the Citizen Influencer Award by Africa Brand Summit as a brand ambasssador of a positive image for Africa. Anya was also the recipient of the MU-Zambia International Research Elective Program - Global Health Initiative where she spent some months at the University of Missouri at Columbia working on AMR research. Anya is also the recipient of many conference scholarships such as the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) Conference Grant; Science of D&I Conference by National Institute of Health and Keynote Symposia Scholarship. Anya hopes to address most complex challenges and collaborate with others to better the world; but also to inspire the younger generation to reach their potentials despite roadblocks.

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