23-25 July, ReAct Africa and South Centre will host a conference with the theme, “Achieving Universal Health Coverage while addressing Antimicrobial Resistance” in Nairobi, Kenya. This year’s conference will focus on the connection between achieving universal health coverage (UHC) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Specifically, the conference will focus on how addressing AMR is a path to attaining UHC and what country programs can be leveraged on.
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.
The Netherlands hosted the 2nd Ministerial Conference on AMR, 19-20 June in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. The Conference aimed to bring together Ministers of health and high-level policy makers to reflect on the progress of the global implementation of the Global Action Plan on AMR, and to identify approaches to accelerate the multi-sectoral work for the coming years and to intensify the international cooperation.
Fecal microbiota transplants are emerging as a novel and effective therapy for antibiotic associated diarrhea. Two new cases in the USA highlight the risks of this therapy unless effectively controlled.
The competition Innovate4AMR invites student teams from around the world to design innovative solutions for antimicrobial stewardship in resource-limited healthcare settings.
Diagnostics are often lifted as a part solution in containing the development and spread of antibiotic resistance. Sometimes, the word is used as if it was a magic wand – if we only had more or better diagnostics all problems would be solved. But how do diagnostics work, and what effects can we expect from implementing a new diagnostic method?
As former members of the IACG, Anthony So and Otto Cars of ReAct have written a letter to the Member States which has been sent to the Permanent Missions to the UN organizations in Geneva, New York and Rome. The letter was sent to raise awareness around the IACG recommendations and to prompt discussion, and bring their perspectives on certain key recommendations.
Healthcare facilities managed by Faith Based Organizations are vital in delivering good quality healthcare to the vast rural hinterland of Asia and Africa. In the absence of a robust primary healthcare system, secondary level hospitals often serve as the most important healthcare provider for the rural population. Implementing antibiotic stewardship in secondary level hospitals in countries like India, presents its own challenges. ReAct Asia Pacific took up the challenge to pilot antibiotic stewardship programmes in secondary level institutions managed by Faith Based Organisations – this resulted in 8 major insights. Read more and see short video with three interviews.
ReAct has for many years focused much effort on driving the issue of antibiotic resistance up the global political agenda. Today global political awareness about antibiotic resistance has reached unprecedented levels. Now ReAct will align its work to respond to the next challenge: to ensure that the long-awaited response is corresponding to meet the actual needs, in particular in low- and middle-income countries. To address this new situation, ReAct will focus on four strategic areas in the coming five years, this with continued core funding from Sida.
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.
ReAct is a global network of antibiotic resistance experts with nodes in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America.
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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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.