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News & Views from ReAct

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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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.

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ReAct during World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2017

During World Antibiotic Awareness Week ReAct Africa, ReAct Asia Pacific and ReAct Latin America arrange a series of activities to raise awareness among general public, media, veterinarians, farmers, policy workers and health care personell.

Opinion

Member States to discuss innovation, access, and conservation of antibiotics at the WHO

Member States’ representatives will gather in Geneva on November 9-10 where the WHO is holding the second consultation on the Global Development and Stewardship Framework. In preparation, the WHO has prepared a draft roadmap to guide discussions.

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The state of Kerala will develop India’s first subnational action plan on AMR

Mid October a high level workshop to discuss antimicrobial resistance (AMR) was held in Kerala, India. Stakeholders of the region joined the workshop to find solutions on how to move forward in the state’s work on antimicrobial resistance. A State Action Plan on AMR will be developed, the first subnational plan in India.

Opinion

Antibiotic stewardship in South East Asia

In a series of papers in the BMJ, invited authors summarize the most recent developments regarding antimicrobial resistance in the South East Asian region. In these countries, antibiotic use is high and policies are either absent or poorly implemented.

Here we highlight two of these articles focusing on antibiotic use and stewardship. They give good examples and may provide inspiration to other low- and middle-income countries.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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