World Antimicrobial Awareness Week: training curriculum on Social Dimensions of AMR

18 November, 2020

Dear HIFA colleagues,

As the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week starts today, I would like to share with you the Sonar-Global new Special-SOC AMR training curriculum on the social dimensions of AMR:

As a collaborative project, supported by a Sonar-Global appointed Academic Advisory Committee which I am part of, this open access resource is a high-level training on the social dimensions of AMR and on the relevance of social sciences to tackle this growing global public health problem.

It was specially designed for trainers who want to organise a 5-day training course (as suggested) on this topic and is aimed at scholars or professionals with a university level social science background. I believe, however, that this is a useful and very informative resource also for non-social scientists, particularly those interested in working in interdisciplinary teams, which we strongly believe is key to tackle such a 'wicked problem'.

For those interested, there is also a recently published special issue containing a collection of papers (from 2018 to 2020) addressing antimicrobial and antibiotic resistance from various social sciences and humanities perspectives. It is open access and available here:

Best wishes,

Carla Rodrigues.


Carla F. Rodrigues

Research Associate

Population Health Sciences

Bristol Medical School | University of Bristol

PhD Candidate

Department of Anthropology

AISSR | University of Amsterdam


Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology

CIES, ISCTE-IUL | Instituto Universitário de Lisboa

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Latest publications:

Entre o risco e a (in)certeza: o papel da confiança nas práticas e relações sociais com medicamentos. In Medicamentos, Cultura y Sociedad (E-book)

Self-medication with antibiotics in Maputo, Mozambique: practices, rationales and relationships, Palgrave Communications.

Beyond health: medicines, food supplements, energetics and the commodification of self-performance in Maputo, Sociology of Health & Illness.

Social science research contributions to antimicrobial resistance: protocol for a scoping review, Systematic Reviews.

HIFA profile: Carla F Rodrigues is a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Sciences Research, University of Amsterdam (where she lives currently) and a researcher at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology, University Institute of Lisbon. Her main research interests are Sociology of Health, Education and Culture, specifically lay rationalities in health; therapeutic pluralism; and pharmaceuticals consumption. She has been conducting fieldwork in Portugal and Mozambique. She is a member of the HIFA working group on Information for Prescribers and Users of Medicines. AT