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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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Policy

WHO proposes new sepsis target to guide work and actions on antibiotic resistance

Next week on January 22-27, the World Health Organization will hold its 142nd meeting of the Executive Board in Geneva. This year, discussions are likely to be dominated by the draft General Work Program for 2019-2023 that has been proposed by the new leadership of the WHO under Director General Dr. Tedros. A new target on reducing sepsis cases by 10% is introduced as a benchmark for the field of antibiotic resistance.

Opinion

Joint letter to IACG on AMR: A call to increase transparency and civil society involvement

ReAct Africa, ReAct Asia Pacific, ReAct Europe and ReAct North America together with other members and partners of the Antibiotic Resistance Coalition (ARC) has written a joint letter to the UN Inter-Agency Coordination Group (IACG) on Antimicrobial Resistance to call on the group to increase the transparency of, and civil society involvement in, its policy deliberation and meeting process.

News

Antibiotic resistance on agenda for The Prince Mahidol Award Conference: A policy stage led by low and middle income countries

Under the theme “Making the World Safe from the Threats of Emerging Infectious Diseases”, this year’s Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) 2018 will give the challenge of antibiotic resistance prominent attention. ReAct will have several people attending the conference to present and engage in the discussions. The ad hoc Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (IACG) has also decided to hold its 5th meeting of independent experts and members in Bangkok at the same time as the conference.

Opinion

The ethics of antibiotic resistance

Bacterial resistance to antibiotics gives rise to new ethical problems. Much of medical ethics prior to antibiotics has been focused on whether a certain procedure is justified, for example with respect to safety, efficacy and costs. But as antibiotic resistance has a global impact that persists over time, new questions arise that cannot be solved only by more or better science. In contrast with science, which is descriptive, ethics is normative. Ethics deals with what we ought to do or ought not to do.

Opinion

Antibiotics in animal agriculture

Food production has always been an important issue for mankind, and the current food industry is relying on antibiotics to secure the supply of food and income to farmers. However, the use of antibiotics for food production has been a major driver of antibiotic resistance, which is emerging as a threat to food security.

News

Lessons learned from 20 years of working to improve antibiotic use

In the early 1990s, a group of clinical specialists in Sweden realized that action was needed against antibiotic resistance, as multi-drug resistant pneumococci were increasingly seen among children.

Although Sweden has a well-structured health care system, the antibiotic stewardship efforts were weak and not coordinated. While some physicians had seen the huge impact of antibiotics on health first-hand, many seemed oblivious to the consequences of overuse.

Opinion

Antibiotic resistance strikes hardest at the poor

It is a well-known fact that antibiotic resistant infections have a major influence on the health of people globally. Antibiotic resistance increases both mortality and morbidity due to treatment failures and lack of effective therapy. But antibiotic resistance has even more far-reaching consequences on different levels that often tend to be overlooked.

News

Summary and report from RAN conference - implementing NAPs on AMR

Read summary of key takeaways from the RAN conference on implementation on National Action Plans on Antimicrobial Resistance. At the end of the summary you can download the full report.

News

Factsheet from ReAct: The Human Microbiome

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”.

Opinion

ReAct supports countries in the development of National Action Plans on AMR

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.

News

Professor Otto Cars to serve as Expert in UN Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance

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.

Policy brief

Antimicrobial resistance - A threat to the World's Sustainable Development

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.

Policy brief

The Antibiotic Resistance Declaration

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.

Fact sheets

Take action on antibiotic resistance - for a better future for our children

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).

Journal article

Universal Access to Effective Antibiotics is Essential for Tackling Antibiotic Resistance

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.

 

Journal article

A Global Antimicrobial Conservation Fund for Low- and Middle-Income Countries

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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