In focus

New ReAct Report: antibiotic resistance affects men and women differently

Sex and gender is important to consider in enhancing the understanding of the ‘human face’ of antibiotic resistance and antibiotic use, and how it affects a variety of people in different ways throughout their daily lives. ReAct now issues a report that explores the ways in which sex and gender interact with antibiotic resistance and makes the case for all actors engaged in addressing antibiotic resistance to undertake further work in this area.

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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COVID-19 and antibiotic resistance

Articles relating to COVID-19 and antibiotic resistance.

Science

4 take aways from WHO’s first global report on sepsis

In September, the WHO released their first Global Report on the Epidemiology and Burden of Sepsis.

The report draws attention to:
– the threat of resistant infections to sepsis patients
– the opportunities that exist in integrating our surveillance and response to antibiotic resistance.

Here ReAct highlights four take aways in the shared challenges – and point out tools that unite the global effort against sepsis and antibiotic resistance.

News

ReAct Asia Pacific: Photo competition for students - health in focus

ReAct Asia Pacific has been organizing photography competitions for students every year to commemorate the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week. Three editions of the competition has been organized so far, with a large number of entries coming from South and South East Asian countries. The primary objective of the competition has been to introduce the issue of antibiotic resistance to students and engage their creative energies.

ReAct Interview

From zoologist to community engagement on AMR

Being a zoologist, Jessica Mitchell worked in different countries traveling to remote sites and engaged with the local communities. She enjoyed being able to bring her biological knowledge to an applied problem and support communities to develop their own solutions.

This is when she realized she wanted to develop her human behavior skillset and at the same time use her biology background to address applied problems – such as antimicrobial resistance.

Science

Shortages and AMR – why should we care? 4 consequences of antibiotic shortages

Shortages of antibiotics have become a global problem that also affect countries with robust healthcare and regulatory systems. The causes are several, sometimes difficult to oversee, and the solutions are not as easy to implement as they are to conceptualize. Shortages of medicines in general cause patients to lose access to important treatments and, as such, lead to increased costs, morbidity and even mortality. But shortages of antibiotics may also lead to increases in antibiotic resistance.

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

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.