Member States engagement needed to shape future action on antibiotic resistance

Member States engagement needed to shape future action on antibiotic resistance. Where do we stand on the path towards the UN General Assembly 2019 where antimicrobial resistance will be on the agenda?

ReAct - Action on Antibiotic Resistance

ReAct is an independent network dedicated to the problem of antibiotic resistance. ReAct is a global catalyst, advocating and stimulating for global engagement on antibiotic resistance through a broad range of collaborations.


What’s cooking in the antibiotic pipeline?

For years, ReAct has talked about the discovery void: the fact that no truly new antibiotics have been discovered and reached the market since the 1980’s. Unfortunately, this still holds true for non-TB antibiotics, although there may be some hope to be found in the most recent pipeline analyses.


Upcoming ReAct Africa Conference focuses on AMR and Agenda 2030 within the African context

ReAct Africa will hold a conference 5-7 November in Nairobi, Kenya, on the theme, “Combating Antimicrobial Resistance in Africa to achieve the 2030 Agenda.” Mirfin Mpundu, Head of ReAct Africa says:

“We are excited to welcome participants to Kenya for this year’s conference. I am convinced that antimicrobial resistance threatens the achievements and work is yet to be done to deliver the Agenda 2030 goals.”


Hygiene, water and bacteria – exhibition with award winning photographers and Otto Cars as expert

The Swedish award-winning photographers Paul Hansen and Åsa Sjöström take on the threat of multiresistant bacteria in the new exhibition “Hand to Hand” at Fotografiska, a well-renowned museum in Sweden. “These images are not confined by countries or nationality for the simple reason that diseases and bacteria do not know any borders,” says Paul Hansen in a press release. Otto Cars, ReAct is included in the exhibition as an expert on infectious diseases and antibiotic resistance.

In focus

7 ways penicillin has cured the world for 90 years

As we celebrate the 90th anniversary of the discovery of penicillin, it is appropriate to take a look at the current state of modern medicine since the discovery penicillin and the other antibiotics that followed. Here are seven ways that penicillin changed modern medicine.


One Health – working together for improved antibiotic use

One Health is often used as a buzzword – a word that evokes reactions and feels intuitively positive. Unfortunately, it is often poorly defined and understood. One attempt to define it is as a connectivity. The health of humans is connected to the health of animals and plants and vice versa. We all share this space, whether we call it a biome, ecosystem or Mother Earth.

ReAct Interview

Dr. Revathi, Kenya on the WHO essential diagnostics list and what it means for Africa

In May of 2018, the WHO released the first-ever list of essential diagnostics to improve diagnosis and treatment outcomes to the delight of many champions of antimicrobial resistance across the globe. In Africa, the release of this list was particularly exciting to one doctor in Nairobi, Kenya, who has long been an advocate for the development of such a list.


Ethical considerations regarding infection prevention control

The prospect of increasing spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria in hospitals and other health care facilities has made taking measures to prevent spread of infection even more important. The ethical implications of such measures are however all too often not taken into consideration.


ReAct Interview

Associate Professor Mattias Larsson on the challenges of antibiotic resistance in Vietnam

Mattias Larsson is a Swedish Associate Professor working in Vietnam. Professor Larsson expresses his concern and says it is a worrying situation in the country. In his research project they found increasing levels of resistance and high levels of colonization with Gram negative bacteria resistant to almost all available antibiotics.


Research project in Vietnam: results indicate very high rates of resistance to most antibiotics

In 2016-2017, ReAct supported a research project in Vietnam on preserving efficacy of last-line antibiotics. Results indicate very high rates of resistance to most antibiotics, including carbapenems.


Mass administration of antibiotics does not solve the root cause of child mortality in Africa

The situation for many children in sub-Saharan Africa is dire: a variety of infectious diseases, malnutrition and inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure all take their toll in these most vulnerable. According to UNICEF, the estimated mortality rate in children under 5 years in sub-Saharan Africa in 2016 was 78.4 deaths per 1000 live births. We all share a responsibility to reduce these mortality rates, but how?


Rise in global antibiotic consumption between 2000 and 2015 – what can we learn from the latest study?

According to a recent publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, global antibiotic consumption in humans has increased dramatically from 2000 to 2015. The study rings a bell on the complex challenges posed by underuse, misuse and overuse of antibiotics.



Towards stronger global governance for AMR

As global attention and political will to address the rising tide of antibiotic resistance has increased over the last years, and a wider range of actors starting to become involved in the field, the urgency of developing global governance of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is growing.

ReAct Story

Caring about antibiotic resistance is similar to reducing plastic waste or saving water

“Caring about antibiotic resistance is similar to reducing plastic waste or saving water”, says Dr. Windhi Kresnawati. She is a pediatrician and has worked in a remote area in Papua Island in Indonesia for the past 4 years. During this time she managed to engage various stakeholders to support and participate in a series of activities to raise their awareness on antibiotic resistance.



The rise and fall of antibiotics?

As we recently commemorated the World Health Day, it is interesting to remind us all of the rise and approaching fall of one of the most powerful discoveries in medical history – antibiotics. What makes them so special, and why is bacterial resistance such a major threat to human health?


Why are fixed dose combinations of antibiotics generally not a good idea?

Fixed dose combinations are pharmaceutical products such as tablets, ointments or suspensions where two or more antibiotics are combined in one product. In the treatment of Tuberculosis and HIV, they are vital for treatment success as they improve compliance and reduce development of resistance.

In theory, it sounds like a good idea to copy this success to other bacteria and antibiotic resistance, but in practice it is generally not so.


The ethics of antibiotic resistance

Bacterial resistance to antibiotics gives rise to new ethical problems. Much of medical ethics prior to antibiotics has been focused on whether a certain procedure is justified, for example with respect to safety, efficacy and costs. But as antibiotic resistance has a global impact that persists over time, new questions arise that cannot be solved only by more or better science. In contrast with science, which is descriptive, ethics is normative. Ethics deals with what we ought to do or ought not to do.


Antibiotic resistance strikes hardest at the poor

It is a well-known fact that antibiotic resistant infections have a major influence on the health of people globally. Antibiotic resistance increases both mortality and morbidity due to treatment failures and lack of effective therapy. But antibiotic resistance has even more far-reaching consequences on different levels that often tend to be overlooked.

The ReAct Toolbox

The ReAct Toolbox is a user-friendly web-based resource that provides inspiration and guidance to take action and develop national action plans on antibiotic resistance. It is built on what has been done in the past in a variety of settings, and is aligned with ongoing and current initiatives from across the globe.

We are global

ReAct is a global network of antibiotic resistance experts with nodes in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America.

Antibiotic resistance

In the last 70 years the use of antibiotics has been crucial in improving countless lives and drastically reducing deaths caused by bacterial infections. The increasing development of antibiotic resistance is posing a serious threat to human health and development, the environment and for animal health. Learn more about ReAct’s work on antibiotic resistance here.

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