In focus

Diagnostics: Antibiotic susceptibility

For determining if an antibiotic treatment will be effective and appropriate, a species-level identification is not sufficient. With some bacteria and in some settings, it can be easy to determine which antibiotic is most appropriate. For example, penicillin resistance among Group A streptococci in Sweden is very low, and as a consequence strep throats are generally treated successfully without susceptibility testing. But as resistance rates increase, so does the factual need for susceptibility testing in order to find the best available antibiotic. But susceptibility testing is also a central component of surveillance that can feed information about resistance levels both to clinicians to guide empiric therapy, as well as national or international surveillance systems that monitor resistance levels and trends.

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.

Policy

ReAct Policy Brief on diagnostics

Infections with antibiotic resistant bacteria cause hundreds of thousands of deaths every year. Access to diagnostic tools has been identified, among others by the World Health Organization, as one key factor to slow down resistance development.

Read brief: How can diagnostics be used to lower unnecessary use of antibiotics? A low- and middle-income perspective.

News

ReAct highlights during World Antibiotic Awareness week 2019

With activities on the ground in Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Switzerland, the US and Kenya – and with an increased online activity – ReAct leaves this year’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week behind with a smile on its face. A week of interaction and intensified work on antimicrobial resistance is really motivating and strengthening – for a world free from fear of untreatable infections.

Policy

Blog post by UNDP and ReAct: Antimicrobial resistance: An emerging crisis

An increasing number of infections are untreatable due to antimicrobial resistance. The negative impact also extends well beyond health with serious implications on poverty reduction and inequality, animal welfare, the environment, food safety and security.

Policy

Water, sanitation and hygiene services critical to curbing antibiotic "quick fix"

Addressing antimicrobial resistance is a multifaceted challenge, but what is often overlooked is reducing the need to use antibiotics. Antibiotics are regularly relied on to treat infections in healthcare facilities and communities that don’t have adequate water, sanitation and hygiene services. Read blog post published on DevPolicy.org. Co-authored by WaterAid Australia, WaterAid Sweden and ReAct.

ReAct Interview

ReAct Interview: UNICEF’s new internal technical guidance paper on AMR

22 November, UNICEF will launch its very first internal technical guidance paper on antimicrobial resistance. The paper maps existing activities across the organization that have a direct or indirect impact on antimicrobial resistance – and – identifies areas for future work where Unicef has a comparative advantage.

To learn more about the processes in developing the paper and the reasons why this work was initiated, ReAct interviewed two key persons involved in the process: Stefan Peterson, Chief of Health, UNICEF, and Alexandre Costa, HIV/AIDS Specialist, UNICEF.

In focus

Learn more! AMR and its impact on UHC, SDGs and the urgent need to fund AMR work

Here you find links to articles, reports and short videos – to learn more about the impact of Antimicrobial Resistance on Universal Health Coverage, the Sustainable Development Goals and the urgent need to find ways to finance efforts to manage antimicrobial 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.

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National Action Plans

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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.