Country delegates will have a long list of agenda items lined up for discussion to get through, discussion on antimicrobial resistance features on the agenda. This year, the focus will be on the three requests made in the United Nations General Assembly Political Declaration of the World Health Organization: country progress in developing their National Action Plans on antimicrobial resistance, progress on finalizing the Global Development and Stewardship Framework and finally the setup of the ad hoc UN Interagency Coordination Group.
Read the full ReAct brief on antimicrobial resistance – agenda item 12.2 at the 70th World Health Assembly.
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.
National Action Plans on antimicrobial resistance are a crucial component to address antibiotic resistance at the country level. Since 2010, ReAct has supported countries in the development of National Action Plans.
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.
During the 70th World Health Assembly, ReAct, members of the Antibiotic Resistance Coalition and allies including South Centre, Médecins Sans Frontières, Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative, Health Action International and Medicus Mundi International will be co-hosting a side event.
Every now and then, news headlines report on findings of new antibiotics, such as “Maple Syrup Can Kill Superbugs”. Often they are portrayed as ”new”, ”potent”, ”killing superbugs” or having ”no resistance development”. Just reading the headlines, you would be forgiven for thinking the antibiotic crisis is close to being solved. But this is not the case.
ReAct is a global network of antibiotic resistance experts with nodes in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America.
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.
Involved in developing your country's National Action Plan? Here you find support for developing a comprehensive plan.
Doctors, pharmacists, veterinarians and other health care professionals - you have the power to take action! Learn more about how to get started.
Engagement from civil society organizations and communities is needed to tackle antibiotic resistance. Learn more about how to get involved.