In focus

Microbes – friend, foe or both?

Life on Earth is arranged in ecosystems where all species are dependent on each other in intricate networks. We humans are also part of ecosystems, but we also harbour one in ourselves, an ecosystem of microbes called the human microbiome.

It is time to stop thinking about bacteria only as something bad that need to be exterminated and start thinking about ecology. We also need to develop new anti-infective therapies that do not also kill our microbiome when they kill the pathogenic microbes that make us sick.

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.


New Factsheet from ReAct: The Human Microbiome

To learn more about our microbiome, read the new ReAct factsheet on the topic: “All You Wanted to Know About Microbes But Were Afraid to Ask… The Human Microbiome”.


ReAct withdraws from IMI project DRIVE-AB

After almost three years of participation in the research project DRIVE-AB, ReAct has decided to withdraw from the project. Read our full statement here.

In focus

Key take-aways from the World Health Assembly 2017 on antimicrobial resistance

During the 70th World Health assembly 60 countries and 11 non-state actors took the floor in what ended up being a 3-hour long debate on antimicrobial resistance. The debate touched on progress in developing national action plans and challenges in their implementation; support and concerns over the joint WHO, OIE and FAO progress document on the Development and Stewardship Framework as well as the newly established ad-hoc UN Inter-Agency Coordination Group.


Successful antimicrobial resistance media training in Kenya

Beginning of May, ReAct and EPN in partnership with the AMR Media Network Kenya conducted a one-day media training on antimicrobial resistance. The purpose was to raise awareness among journalists on antimicrobial resistance as a major public health challenge. The day was hosted by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI).


ReAct Asia Pacific hosts workshop on antimicrobial resistance in the farm sector

Beginning of May, ReAct Asia Pacific organized a one-day consultation entitled “Workshop on Anti-Microbial Resistance and use of Antibiotics in non-human sectors” at Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of the State of Kerala, India. The workshop attracted over 60 delegates.

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.

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.

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National Action Plans

Involved in developing your country's National Action Plan? Here you find support for developing a comprehensive plan.

Health Care Professionals

Doctors, pharmacists, veterinarians and other health care professionals - you have the power to take action! Learn more about how to get started.

Civil Society Organizations

Engagement from civil society organizations and communities is needed to tackle antibiotic resistance. Learn more about how to get involved.