In focus

5 years after the UN Political Declaration on AMR – where are we now?

On September 21, 2016, prompted by calls from academia, civil society organizations and the World Health Assembly, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) convened a high-level meeting on antimicrobial resistance – which agreed on a political declaration on antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Despite the many commitments made by UN Member States in the declaration the individual and societal consequences of antibiotic resistance continue to spiral upwards.

Professor Otto Cars, former member of the UN Interagency Coordination Group on AMR, gives his view on the status quo five years after the adoption of the political declaration. ReAct staff from across the ReAct network also give their perspectives on the impact of the political declaration in the African region, in Latin America and in India.

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ReAct 15 years

This year ReAct is celebrating 15 years of action on antibiotic resistance. The story of ReAct started 15 years ago with a small group of people, many who are still with the network today. Here you find articles, a newly published report and webinar that we have produced to celebrate our 15 years of action on antibiotic resistance.

ReAct Interview

Health care worker Víctor Orellana: In a small village everyone engage in health issues such as ABR

Víctor Orellana is a general practitioner in a small village in the mountains of Argentina. Working with health promotion and prevention, he says: “our aim is to promote healthy lifestyles and to avoid irrational use of antibiotics”. He thinks the government must not forget the ideological component in health care – that is to understand health as a right – and not see health care as a commodity.

Learn more about Víctor’s work as a health-care worker addressing antibiotic resistance – in a place where mules are the main means of transportation.


ReAct and ICARS to develop policy guides and tools for low resource settings

To initiate implementation of National Action Plans on AMR – through intervention research projects or other activities – is very challenging in low- and middle-income countries. This has become very clear in the dialogue that both ReAct and ICARS have had with countries in the African region. Now the two organizations are joining hands in a project focusing on this – the challenges to implement National Action Plans in low resources settings. Learn more about the collaboration and its 7 objectives to move from words into action.


Antibiotic resistance – far more than a medical problem

Antibiotic resistance is one of the most pressing public health problems of our time. It causes hundreds of thousands of deaths each year, affects many people’s livelihoods and is threatening to undo the advances of modern medicine. Without effective antibiotics, it would for example be too risky to conduct organ transplants, routine surgical procedures and cancer chemotherapy. Global development would also be severely affected.


COVID-19 and antibiotic resistance

ReAct articles relating to COVID-19 and antibiotic resistance.

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.

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.

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National Action Plans

Involved in developing and implementing your country's National Action Plan on AMR? Here you find support tools and inspiration.

Movement Building

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

Globally Coordinted Governance

Globally coordinated governance on antimicrobial resistance - to ensures a sustainable response that takes into account the conditions for LMICs

Public Health Driven Innovation

A public health driven and end-to-end approach to innovation that enables sustainable access to effective antibiotics in LMICs