African countries suffer from the burden of infectious diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. Both treatments of infections as well as most modern medical procedures rely on functioning antibiotics. Resistance is estimated to lead to 10 million deaths per year worldwide in 2050, of which most deaths will be reported in low-and middle-income countries. Therefore, antibiotic resistance is a major threat in Africa and requires a range of interventions and a multidisciplinary approach.
ReAct Africa brings together experts and key stakeholders to form technical working groups on antimicrobial resistance. We provide technical assistance in the development and implementation of the National Action Plans. ReAct Africa takes on a holistic perspective and raises awareness by informing the general public and the health, veterinarian and agricultural sectors about antibiotic resistance. ReAct Africa increases collaboration with other relevant networks and organizations and advocates for concerted action on antibiotic resistance.
Engage countries in setting up National Action Plans
In 2015, the World Health Assembly called on all Member States to develop and have in place by 2017, National Action Plans on antimicrobial resistance that are aligned with the objectives of the Global Action Plan.
ReAct Africa supports countries developing their National Action Plans from the beginning till the end.
We bring experts and stakeholders together to lobby for technical working groups, provide assistance for situation analysis and advise on the process of the development of the National Action Plan, including the use of the ReAct Toolbox materials.
Raise awareness in Africa
Antibiotic resistance is a complex issue that requires behavior change from every person. Every November during the World Antibiotic Awareness Week we work together with our local partners to raise awareness in the general public and among health, veterinarian and agricultural professionals. ReAct Africa has developed multiple materials that can be used freely for raising awareness. ReAct Africa is often invited by stakeholders to present on antibiotic resistance and how we work and take action.
ReAct Africa together with partners from GARP and the Ministry of Health of Kenya raise awareness on antibiotic resistance among medical students. For example, at the Kenya Medical Training College where nurses, pharmacists and lab technicians were tought about antibiotic resistance and what they can do in each of their respective fields to tackle it.
Countries should not reinvent the wheel. Therefore, ReAct Africa holds an annual conference that brings together key people from multiple countries to share experiences and best practices, but also the obstacles and failures, to support each other in the development of National Action Plans. There is strength in partnership. We are partnering with GARP-Kenya and have joined forces with GARD and CDDEP GARP to support the National Action Plans process in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Rwanda.
ReAct Africa Conference
The very first ReAct Africa conference took place in Kenya, October 2016. Over 30 participants from 10 countries came together to learn about and discuss the development and implementation of National Action Plans. The conference closed with a workshop training on how to make use of the ReAct Toolbox.
Antibiotic resistance is a problem that needs to be addressed by policy makers. Therefore ReAct Africa and our antibiotic resistance champions actively participates in high level meetings like the World Health Assembly and the Wilton Park Meetings. We put antibiotic resistance on the agenda of the EPN-forum that was attended by representatives of 26 countries. Together they adopted a Call to Action on antimicrobial resistance.
ReAct Africa is hosted by the Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network.
Contact ReAct Africa
Please do not hesitate to contact ReAct Africa, if you have further questions, need help or would like to collaborate with us.
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