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ReAct Africa and South Centre Conference 2024!

ReAct Africa and South Centre will co-host the 2024 regional AMR annual conference from 9th – 11th July, under the theme; Global Accountability for AMR response: Investing in priorities for Africa.

The conference will be hosted in partnership with International Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Solutions (ICARS), Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP), AMR Policy Accelerator and support from The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the Fleming Fund, Wellcome Trust and the Ministry of Health Zambia through Zambia National Public Health Institute (ZNPHI). Click to register for online participation!

Reflections from a week where stakeholders took the stage in New York

A few days before the zero draft of the political declaration of the High-Level Meeting on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in September this year was released, stakeholders from around the world were invited to a hearing at the UN building in New York to share perspectives, expectations and recommendations. ReAct was represented both on a panel and from the floor by ReAct Africa Director, Professor Mirfin Mpundu, and ReAct Europe Director, Ms. Anna Sjöblom. Here we share our reflections on what the hearings offered and the dynamics around the process.

AMR or ABR – what is the confusion about?

More than 1.2 million deaths in 2019. This is perhaps the most widely quoted number in policy documents ahead of the forthcoming United Nations High-Level Meeting on AMR. The number is used to demonstrate the devastating impact of AMR globally today. There’s just one detail – it is not on AMR. It is on antibiotic resistance. This article outlines the difference between the two, and why in the context of the United Nations High-Level Meeting on AMR it is important to start calling things by their right name.

ReAct Latin America shines spotlight on antibiotic resistance at People's Health Assembly

Mid-April, in a series of powerful and thought-provoking events at the People’s Health Assembly in Argentina, ReAct Latin America successfully brought the critical issue of antibiotic resistance to the forefront, emphasizing the need for a multi-sectoral approach to address this global health threat.

From people to leaders: Act on AMR NOW! Online launch of Call for Global Action!

Join the global campaign: From People to Leaders: Act on AMR NOW! to amplify the voices of communities and civil society in the global response to antimicrobial resistance. Listen and look at the recording of the online global launch and sign the Global Call for Action!

AMR must remain an important piece in the Pandemic Agreement puzzle

On the 18th of March 2024, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body (INB) resumed negotiations on the latest version of the Pandemic Agreement (previously referred to as a treaty, instrument or accord). At the time of writing, the INB negotiations are still ongoing in Geneva, where delegates are under pressure to finalize the agreement before the planned adoption at the 77th World Health Assembly in May.

ReAct Africa and LifeArc launch the ASPIRE initiative for stronger action on antimicrobial resistance

ReAct Africa, in partnership with self-funded medical research organisation and charity LifeArc, is excited to introduce a pioneering effort to address antimicrobial resistance with the launch of “ASPIRE” the Antibiotic Stewardship Programme through Innovation, Research, and Education. This ambitious US$1.5M 3-year project aims to transform how antibiotics are used in Zambia and Kenya by integrating innovative digital solutions with targeted interventions, in an effort to make long term policy and practice improvements.

Rocky start for the UN High-Level meeting on AMR

At the end of February ReAct’s Otto Cars and Helle Aagaard travelled to New York to meet a number of country UN missions, UN agencies and civil society actors to discuss ReAct’s United Nations High-Level Meeting on AMR Policy Brief. Here we share our key reflections from a week of conversations and discussions at the epicenter of global politics about the prospects for the forthcoming High-Level Meeting on AMR in September.


ReAct receives additional financial support from Sweden


Today the Swedish government announced it will fund ReAct with almost 2 M SEK (188 000 US dollars) for its global work leading up to the UN high-level meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance in New York in September this year, and for ReAct’s work for equitable and sustainable access to effective antibiotics.

ReAct's Satya Sivaraman: Understanding communities needs is essential for any health intervention

Satya Sivaraman is the Communications Coordinator for ReAct Asia Pacific. He has been with ReAct since its inception in 2005 developing communication material, key messages and engaging civil society groups.
He says:

– In the case of antibiotic resistance the need for engaging communities is even greater than other health sectors because of the complex set of factors that drives the phenomenon of drug use and resistance.

UN High Level Meeting on AMR: Countdown begins

Preparatory work is currently underway for the one-day High-Level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance planned this fall, convened by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

The High-Level Meeting aims to secure strong political commitment and accelerated action across all sectors and at all levels to address the urgent threat of antimicrobial resistance.

ReAct's Mengying Ren: Perspectives of low- and middle-income countries are pivotal in shaping effective policies

Mengying Ren works as a Policy Advisor at ReAct Europe. She focuses on policy analysis and advocacy strategies around global governance and financing of antibiotic resistance. She says:

– Working at ReAct has taught me the pivotal role of low- and middle-income country perspectives in shaping effective policies.

ReAct expands its work!

2024 is a crucial year to mobilize for stronger action on antibiotic resistance and ReAct is proud to further expand its work this year. The network is initiating new collaborations at local, national and global level. The financial support from our donors makes this work possible!

Dr. S.S. Lal appointed new Director for ReAct Asia Pacific!

ReAct global leaders group is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr S.S. Lal as the new Director of ReAct Asia Pacific. Dr S.S. Lal is a renowned Indian public health expert with over three decades of experience working across Asia, Africa, Europe and the USA to strengthen health systems and expand access to quality healthcare. His multifaceted expertise, spanning medicine, program management, research and training, will be invaluable as ReAct expands its work across the Asia Pacific region.

World Cancer Day: Cancer communities can help making the UN High Level meeting on AMR a turning point

Cancer patients often undergo extensive treatments, including surgeries, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy, which make them more susceptible to infections. Many cancer patients therefore rely on effective antibiotics to keep opportunistic infections at bay. On this World Cancer Day we invite cancer communities and organizations worldwide to join our call on governments to make the United Nations High-Level Meeting on AMR in September this year the turning point that is urgently needed in the global response to antibiotic resistance.

New Report: Impactful approaches for community-wide engagement on antibiotic resistance

In the fall of 2023, ReAct, Uppsala Antibiotic Center and Antibiotic Smart Sweden initiated a webinar and workshop series for promoting a systematic and meaningful engagement of communities and civil society groups as key stakeholders in the global response to antibiotic resistance. Now the collaboration releases a summary report from the initiative this far.

Handbook for Antibiotic Smart Communities Framework

Here you can learn more about, and download, the data collection handbook for an “Antibiotic Smart Communities” indicator framework, developed by ReAct Asia Pacific. It aims to help measure the “antibiotic smartness” of communities in tackling antimicrobial resistance.

New ReAct Brief: Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest & most urgent cross-border health crises of our time – but still not addressed as such!

New ReAct briefing note out ahead of the UN General Assembly High-Level meeting on AMR in September, 2024.

3 questions to MSF: Antimicrobial resistance in the ongoing Gaza war

In the ongoing conflict in Gaza, the health care system has taken a very heavy toll, hospitals have been damaged or destroyed and remaining structures are operating far beyond capacity and with a big shortage of supply and staff. As in several other armed conflicts in the world, on top of already huge humanitarian needs, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is making the situation even more severe and complex.

ReAct Asia Pacific: Youth engagement in India

A workshop was held in Vellore, Tamil Nadu and was titled a ‘Dialogue meeting: Youth Leadership Program on AMR’. The workshop allowed students to listen to and interact with speakers from both medical, veterinary, environmental, and advocacy backgrounds. For this, students were asked to submit posters.

The results provided a range of interesting interventions to be adopted. The teams took the role of Youth Leaders in addressing the issue of antimicrobial resistance at the community level through innovative approaches.

Latin America Empowered Communities: One Health meeting with diverse and hopeful voices

During WAAW, ReAct Latin America, PAHO and South Centre hosted the “Empowered Communities Meeting Series to tackle AMR in Latin America and the Caribbean”.

The events harbored diverse voices with the aim of promoting a One Health perspective, providing participants with an opportunity to promote mobilization and action in favor of health.