Reem Santos – Kampala-Cambridge Partnership

CUH Lead Pharmacist – Antimicrobials, Reem Santos, began her Addenbrooke’s career in 2002, later specialising in microbiology and infectious diseases in 2007. In 2019, Reem became involved in the Kampala – Cambridge Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) and Infection Control Partnership. Over the past year, Reem has played a focal role in the development of this health partnership, visiting Uganda to deliver workshops and hosting Ugandan partners here in Cambridge, all with the support of Cambridge Global Health Partnerships (CGHP).

As a result, last year Reem was awarded the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Global Health Fellowship to champion the fight against antimicrobial resistance worldwide. 

Reem has spoken highly of the invaluable personal and professional development opportunities global health engagement offers:

Getting involved with global health and the Fellowship has helped give me the confidence to take on new challenges, as well as a leadership role in the pharmacy department. A few months ago, I accepted an invitation to speak in front of about 200 people at the CGHP annual event – something I would normally shy away from. My perspective on life has changed greatly. This experience has served as a stark reminder of how important NHS staff are to this organisation. We devote our time to looking after our patients, and yet we neglect ourselves in the process. I have made it my mission to change this mind set. I work actively to create a positive team culture, where every member of my team feels valued and recognised for their contributions”.

– Reem Santos, 2020