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.

Organization and Governance

ReAct is set up as a network of regional offices called nodes. Each node is hosted by an institution such as a civil society organization or a university that assists with most legal, economic and HR issues. ReAct is governed by 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.

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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.

How we work

Evidence and practice

We generate and compile scientific evidence, including by identifying, innovating and sharing best practices in addressing antibiotic resistance by communities, governments and at the global level.

Communication

We raise awareness about antibiotic resistance and it’s drivers through innovative communication strategies, movement and coalition building and by using our convening power.

Policy and advocacy

Based on our broad expertise, local experience and our work with partners, we bridge the gap between science and policy by developing evidence-based analyses and recommendations, and by engaging in advocacy towards governments, funders, the private sector and industry, global institutions and other relevant stakeholders.

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Learn more About ReAct

We share information

ReAct is a focal point for sharing and disseminating information about antibiotic resistance  including in-country experiences and best practices on managing antibiotic resistance. Read more: How ReAc share information

We encourage action

We need to act together – everyone can take action for a world free from fear of untreatable infections. Read more: How ReAct encourage action

We influence policy

Antibiotic resistance is a threat to global health and human development. This calls for unprecedented global collective action across sectors and at all levels of society. Read more: How ReAct influence policy