Here are selected highlights of recent ReAct news and opinions, our policy briefs, fact sheets and published journal articles on a broad set of topics relevant for global and national debates on how to tackle antibiotic resistance.
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Mirfin Mpundu, Head of ReAct Africa says:
”Developing National Action Plans on antimicrobial resistance is a great accomplishment but implementing is even a greater accomplishment. Participants will discuss how they can move forward with implementation within the One Health framework, prioritization, costing, unique challenges, stewardship, integrating antimicrobial resistance as a core element in current running programs. ReAct is honored to support these public global goals.”
A crucial autumn for policy in the field of antibiotic resistance is coming up. Important steps in defining what the global response to the challenge of generating innovation of new crucial antibiotics while ensuring their affordable access and sustainable conservation will likely be taken.
Life on Earth is arranged in ecosystems where all species are dependent on each other in intricate networks. We humans are also part of ecosystems, but we also harbour one in ourselves, an ecosystem of microbes called the human microbiome.
It is time to stop thinking about bacteria only as something bad that need to be exterminated and start thinking about ecology. We also need to develop new anti-infective therapies that do not also kill our microbiome when they kill the pathogenic microbes that make us sick.
End July, the workshop “National Workshop on AMR and Antibiotic Use: For Voluntary Organisations” was organized by ReAct Asia Pacific. The workshop was meant as a platform to engage various civil society organizations and sensitize them about the implications of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the need to improve antibiotic use.
To learn more about our microbiome, read the new ReAct factsheet on the topic: “All You Wanted to Know About Microbes But Were Afraid to Ask… The Human Microbiome”.
National Action Plans are an essential component of the global strategies to address antibiotic resistance. At the country level, ReAct supports the development of National Action Plans together with partners from WHO, FAO, OIE and civil society organizations.
This week Professor Otto Cars, founder of ReAct – Action on Antibiotic Resistance, was formally nominated to the United Nations (UN) ad-hoc Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (ICG-AMR) by the United Nations Secretary General.
This paper examines how a number of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are impacted by antimicrobial resistance and suggests how to integrate the issue better into ongoing international policy processes using SDGs as an entry point.
The Antibiotic Resistance Coalition, a cross-sectoral coalition of 25 organizations which ReAct North America coordinates, has developed a comprehensive set of principles which guides the work and policy positions on antibiotic resistance.
ReAct held a series of briefings at the UNICEF’s headquarters in New York, USA, on the connection between antibiotic resistance and some of the major topics the organization covers such as health, nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
The world has a collective responsibility to preserve antibiotic effectiveness and access for all. This paper lays down policy implications and global governance tools necessary to addressed to resolve access vs. excess dilemma.
This paper co-authored by ReAct points out the critical need to scale-up funding for low-and middle-income countries to support antimicrobial conservation and proposes a formation of the fund coordinating such support.
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