Activist gets Princess Diana memory award

01Jul 2019
The Guardian Reporter
DODOMA
The Guardian
Activist gets Princess Diana memory award

A YOUNG person from Tanzania, Erick Venant has been honoured with ‘The Diana Award’ for going above and beyond in daily life to create and sustain positive change.

The Diana Award develops and inspires positive change in the lives of young people through three key programmes which include a mentoring programme for young people at risk, a youth-led anti-bullying ambassador’s campaign and a prestigious award which publicly recognises young people – The Diana Award.

“Venant, aged 25, from Tanzania has been recognised with the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts – The Diana Award. This year the Diana Award celebrates its 20th anniversary,” reads a statement from the organizers’ website.

Established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, the award is given out by the charity of the same name and has the support of both her sons, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex.

According to the organizers, as a pharmacy student, Erick was aware of antimicrobial agents and their impact on health worldwide, as well as the danger posed by the growing resistance to the life-saving drugs.

He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Roll Back Antimicrobial Resistance Initiative (RBA-Initiative), a local non-governmental organization (NGO) with its headquarter in Dodoma.

While still an undergraduate student, Erick led a team that successfully brought attention to antimicrobial resistance to schools all over the country through a nationwide campaign.

Through television and radio stations, Erick reached over six million people, with antimicrobial ambassadors continuing to spread the message within their communities.

His work has encouraged more people in health, agriculture and the community to pay more attention to the problem of antimicrobial resistance and their part in causing or addressing it.

Tessy Ojo, CEO of The Diana Award, said: “We congratulate all our new International Diana Award Holders who are change-makers for their generation.

“We know by receiving this honour they will inspire more young people to get involved in their communities and begin their own journey as active citizens. For over twenty years The Diana Award has valued and invested in young people encouraging them to continue to make positive change in their communities and lives of others.”

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