In focus

ReAct activities for World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2019

During World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2019 ReAct will arrange and participate in a various set of activities – on the ground and online. The activities on the ground will take place in Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Switzerland, the US and Kenya, some of these activities will also be accompanied with online presence. ReAct will meet students, children, hold seminars, arrange community workshops, media workshops and civil society meetings and much more. See list of all activities.

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.

In focus

Why are children more vulnerable to resistant infections?

Resistant bacteria is making effective treatment of common infections more and more challenging and children are especially vulnerable. Children are more susceptible to resistant bacteria because their immune systems are not fully developed. Children differ from adults in that they have many ways of being exposed to germs and infections because their behavior is different. Children living in poverty are even more susceptible to resistant bacteria.

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.


International meeting in Ecuador: Food and health in the hands of the community

Mid-November – in the context of World Food Day and World Antibiotic Awareness Week – ReAct Latin America will arrange an international 4-day meeting in Ecuador with the theme “Health in the Hands of the Community” – focusing on food production and use of antibiotics.


Address antibiotic resistance and poverty - to empower children and their families

This year’s theme for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is “Acting together to empower children, their families and communities to end poverty”. 2019 also marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Antibiotic resistance worsens an already high burden of infectious diseases among the poor. Antibiotic resistance and lack of access to effective antibiotics threaten children’s development or can unravel the important achievements in children’s rights.

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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.


Diagnostics: What are we talking about?

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?


ReAct’s new 5-year strategic plan receives funding from Sida

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

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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