About us

How we work and are organized

Created in 2005 ReAct is one of the first international independent networks to articulate the complex nature of antibiotic resistance and its drivers. ReAct was initiated with the goal to be a global catalyst, advocating and stimulating for global engagement on antibiotic resistance by collaborating with a broad range of organisations, individuals and stakeholders.

Organisation and Governance

ReAct’s organisational setup is a bit different. We are not a legal entity, but rather a network of offices that are called nodes. Each node has a host organisation that assists with legal, economic and HR issues. ReAct’s governing body is the Global Leadership Group (GLG) where all node Directors are automatically members; Otto Cars, who founded ReAct, is also an ex officio member.

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ReAct in five continents

ReAct has nodes on five continents. We are based in Ecuador, India, Zambia, the US and Sweden.

World map with ReAct's offices marked

ReAct’s five nodes

  • ReAct Africa. Based at the Pharmaceutical Systems Africa in Lusaka, Zambia catalyzes African action on antibiotic resistance and engages sub-Saharan African countries in the development and implementation of National Action Plans.
  • ReAct Asia Pacific. Based at the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India, works to mobilize policy makers, healthcare providers and the public using a holistic perspective and encouraging locally appropriate and innovative initiatives to address antibiotic resistance.
  • ReAct Europe. Based at Uppsala University in Sweden, works across the world on science and policy issues related to antibiotic resistance and acts as the coordinating node for the network.
  • ReAct Latin America. Based at the Child to Child Foundation in Cuenca, Ecuador, mobilizes change at the local and grassroots level by focusing on changing the paradigm for how antibiotics are used.
  • ReAct North America. Based at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, United States of America, focuses on global strategic policy and supports the work of the Antibiotic Resistance Coalition, comprised of over 25 civil society groups.

Share information, encourage action and influence policy

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.

ReAct is a global network that works as a catalyst and thought leader to stimulate engagement globally on antibiotic resistance. We have a committed multidisciplinary team that works across sectors to identify and promote innovative and ecologically grounded solutions to manage antibiotic resistance. Our work is based on scientific evidence and experience rooted in country work. We believe in equitable access to effective prevention and treatment of bacterial infections as a core component of everyone’s right to health. Together we share information, we encourage action and we influence policy on antibiotic resistance.

Global and local – working together

One of ReAct’s assets is its strong network across continents, which enables cross-talk between global and local processes. ReAct is able to bring an on the ground perspective to high-level processes, and bring back important issues to mobilize civil society and others around.

A unique global network on antibiotic resistance

ReAct is one of very few fully ABR-dedicated networks in the world. With its unique network-structure, and by being based on five different continents, ReAct is able to work at the local, national and international level and bring in relevant perspectives from high, middle and low-income countries. By insisting on the combination of a high level of technical and scientific expertise and by focusing on addressing challenges and finding solutions for resource scarce contexts, ReAct fills a critical niche in a field with an increasing numbers of actors.

Ways of working

Evidence and practice

We generate and translate evidence, including by identifying, innovating and sharing best practices.

Communication

We raise awareness through innovative communication strategies, movement and coalition building and by using our convening power.

Policy and advocacy

Through our own experiences and our work with others, we develop evidence-based policy and engage in advocacy toward governments, industry, institutions and other relevant stakeholders.

We share information

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ReAct is a focal point for sharing and disseminating information about antibiotic resistance including in-country experiences and best practices on managing antibiotic resistance. Awareness about the problem of antibiotic resistance is still low. Information and data is needed to encourage interested parties to take up the issue, to facilitate action on the ground and influence global policies.

ReAct share and disseminate key information on antibiotic resistance related to health and sustainable development. ReAct translates scientific evidence into policy action on national, regional and global levels. We strive to equip our extended network with the knowledge and tools needed to take action on antibiotic resistance.

A clearinghouse that analyzes and shares knowledge on antibiotic resistance

ReAct is an independent network, with a long reputation for its scientific credibility, and lack of bias. Acting as a clearinghouse, through the ReAct Toolbox, we analyze and share important and relevant information on antibiotic resistance. Building on over 15 years of experience in the field, ReAct draws upon its combined expertise to review scientific literature, news and policy updates.

This knowledge is supplemented with strategic information gathered from our extended network of champions actively working in the field. Science, observations and ideas from the ground are then combined, distilled and synthesized into formats suitable for our network partners.

Right information for you to use

ReAct works to get the right information into the hands of the people who can use it. Through compiling and disseminating compelling data and experiences, we hope to both educate and inspire. ReAct displays the importance of antibiotic resistance for different audiences. This by speaking at meetings and conferences and delivering tailored messages. From the publication of papers to the development of information, education and communication materials, ReAct strives to empower and prepare a new generation of champions on antibiotic resistance.

The ReAct Toolbox – for guidance and inspiration

ReAct maintains the ReAct Toolbox, a web-based resource for inspiration and guidance on what can be done to stop the spread of antibiotic resistance. Throughout the Toolbox a narrative text guides the user on how to work with the problem, combining practical advice with inspirational examples and providing links to external resources. Many of the resources can be adapted and implemented in a variety of contexts.

We encourage action

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Addressing antibiotic resistance is a complex task, but it is happening right now and we all have a role in this global challenge.We need to act together – everyone can take action for a world free from fear of untreatable infections.

Acting as a catalyst, ReAct aims to engage everyone from the public sector to civil society, calling on stakeholders from health, agriculture, environment, economic, and development sectors to integrate antibiotic resistance into their ongoing work. We link together a variety of ongoing initiatives to develop national policies and community interventions on antibiotic resistance in regions. ReAct seeks to increase the number of individuals and organizations equipped with the knowledge and skills to take action on antibiotic resistance.

A growing network for action on antibiotic resistance

ReAct is constantly growing its network, connecting interested stakeholders and building a coalition of dedicated champions. ReAct mobilizes its partners to take action collectively or as individual organizations, influences decision-makers and engages in key debates affecting the issue. Through knowledge-sharing and capacity building, ReAct aims to equip civil society organizations, health care workers, veterinarians, farmers and policy makers with the tools and resources necessary to bring about change.

We identify and unite like-minded

ReAct brings antibiotic resistance to the attention of organizations and institutions who have a vested interest but have not initiated efforts on the issue yet. ReAct identifies and unites like-minded and complementary partners, thus creating a diverse assortment of expertise to strengthen our knowledge base and gain new perspectives.

ARC Coalition – stakeholders from six continents

In 2014, ReAct initiated the development of the Antibiotic Resistance Coalition or ARC – a group of civil society organizations and stakeholders from six continents working in the health, agriculture, consumer and development sectors that advocate for action and policy change. ReAct has also developed and maintains the ReAct Toolbox, the world’s most comprehensive collection of resources and information on antibiotic resistance.

We influence policy

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Antibiotic resistance is a great and urgent global risk that requires increased attention and coherence at international, regional and national levels. Without effective multi-sectoral cooperation, antibiotic resistance is projected to cause millions of deaths worldwide with massive social, economic and global public health repercussions.

Coordinated, collective action is needed and change must be made also on the political level. As an independent network, ReAct calls for policies that ensure access to effective antibiotics without excess.

Facilitate strategic thinking on access, innovation and conservation of antibiotics

ReAct facilitates strategic thinking on some of the most difficult questions of access, innovation and conservation. Through representation from our extended network, we ensure that the voice of low- and middle income countries is at the forefront of discussion. To always keep up to date on the continuously evolving changing landscape, ReAct:

  • collects data
  • assesses strategies
  • reviews policy proposals
  • learns and shares experiences from our extended network.

ReAct is a convening hub that creates opportunities for its members and partners worldwide to meet, share ideas, learn, strategize, network and provoke conversations that matter.

ReAct – a forum for ideas, debate and collaboration for stakeholders working on antibiotic resistance

Over the years, ReAct has brought concepts such as de-linkage into the debate around antibiotics.
To attract the interest from public figures, organizations and government agencies and enhance political support, ReAct:

  • publishes position papers
  • organizes meetings
  • presents in events
  • takes part in expert groups
  • advises member states and UN organizations
    and has an active voice in social media.