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e-BUG

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Coordinating Organisation Public Health England, UK
Organisers/Type of Organisation Government
Initiative Type Educational resources for classroom and home use
Field of Science Involved Hygiene and infection
Target Audience(s) Children, young people and schools
Reach Gobal

Main Objectives

The main aim of e-Bug is to educate children and young people across the globe, at junior and senior school level, about microbes, hygiene and the spread, treatment and prevention of infection. e-Bug also aims to reinforce an awareness of the benefits of prudent antibiotic use and how inappropriate use can have an adverse effect on antibiotic resistance in the community. The areas of hand and respiratory hygiene and spread of infections in the community are also covered, including teaching how to wash hands most effectively.

Description of work

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England’s (PHE) Primary Care Unit in England and involves a consortium of 26 international partner countries. The e-Bug partners across the world translate the resources, adapt for their local culture and schools curricula and promote and implement in their countries. The e-Bug resources are available in 23 different languages and can be freely accessed through the e-Bug website: www.e-bug.eu.

The e-Bug materials comprise of teacher resources for children ages 4-18 years and include interactive lesson plans, worksheets and activities.  An interactive website for students hosts online games, quizzes, disease fact files and much more.

e-Bug are always seeking new partners across the world, so please contact us if you are interested in joining our project.

Results

The e-Bug project started in 2006 with 18 partner countries across Europe. Now in its tenth year, the project has partners in 26 countries across the world.

An evaluation of the e-Bug teaching resources in three countries found that the junior and senior teaching packs were able to significantly improve students’ knowledge, with no significant decline in knowledge 6 weeks after teaching. The full results can be viewed here.

The e-Bug website had over 134,000 visits in the academic year 2015-2016 (September to August), from over 200 different countries.

Resources used or generated

  • Student website for young adults aged 15-18: infection advice, revision materials, patient stories, videos and games
    www.e-bug.eu/young_home.aspx?


Contact Details
Principal Contact Dr Cliodna McNulty (Head of Primary Care Unit and e-Bug lead)
Dr Vicki Young (e-Bug project manager)
Address Primary Care Unit, Public Health England, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
e-mail Vicki Young
Website www.e-bug.eu
Social Media Facebook
Twitter - @eBug_UK