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ReAct highlights World AMR Awareness Week 2023

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Here you find a few selected highlights from all ReAct activities during World AMR Awareness Week 2023, including links to webinars, reports released and films.

The women from the church singing at the WAAW launch event.
Women from church singing at a WAAW launch event in Zambia. Photo: ReAct Africa.

In the context of World AMR Awareness week ReAct arranged and participates in a mix of events and engagements such as: empowering communities meeting, photo and video competition, online campaigns, student webinar, launch of videos, interviews, a call for real life stories, exhibitions and much much more. During the week ReAct increased its engagement with key actors such as: policy makers, communities and their leaders, health care givers, students and civil society organizations.

Online, ReAct also joined the World Health Organization “Go-blue for AMR” campaign.

ReAct Africa

Release! ReAct Africa and South Centre Conference Report!

The hybrid ReAct Africa and South Centre Conference held mid August had an attendance of 156 physical participants from 38 countries; reflecting registrations from 67 countries worldwide.

The theme for the 3-day conference was:  “Leave No One Behind: Advancing One Health Antimicrobial Resistance National Action Plans Implementation in Africa”.

During World AMR Awareness Week ReAct Africa, South Centre and additional partners released a report from the conference held in Lusaka, Zambia.

Click to learn more and download full ReAct Africa & South Centre Conference report.

AMR Couch Conversation – 7 interviews 

This is the second year ReAct Africa releases a series of seven short interviews featuring some of the key voices in the global health area of antibiotic resistance. The videos have thematic areas such as: One Health, youth engagement and media engagement. The interviews were recorded during ReAct Africa Conference in August this year and are published on ReAct Tube on Youtube.

Look at the 7 interviews:

Mirfin Mpundu, Directo ReAct Africa, about antimicrobial resistance.

Dr. Paul Sitwala, veterinarian at the Ministry of Agriculture, Namibia, about antimicrobial resistance.

Dr. Viviana Munoz Tellez, health programme-coordinator at South Centre, talking antimicrobial resistance. 

Dr. Lauren Jankelowitz, access lead for sub-saharan Africa DNDi, GARDP, about antimicrobial resistance.

Dingindaba J Buyoya , journalist, about media and antimicrobial resistance.

Dr. Sujith John Chandy, executive director of ICARS, about antimicrobial resistance.

Students about key take aways from the ReAct Africa & South Centre Conference

The women from the church singing at the WAAW launch event.
The women from the church singing at the WAAW launch event. Photo: ReAct Africa.

Zambia: March for treatable infections during World AMR Awareness Week

ReAct Africa actively engaged the community by participating in a march past organized in collaboration with the Zambia National Public Health Institute (ZNPHI). The event saw enthusiastic participation from various groups, including members of the Women’s Christian Fellowship of the Matero United Church of Zambia, who walked alongside young men and women, covering a distance of approximately four kilometers.

ReAct Asia Pacific

Release of 3 films – a FAO collaboration

Three five minute videos was produced with the technical support of ReAct, as part of the FAO-supported project titled, “Seeding and Scaling One Health Awareness and Action on Antimicrobial Resistance”.

The project involved collaboration between ReAct nodes in the Asia Pacific, Africa and Latin America as well as the ReAct Strategic Policy Program and involved educational outreach activities, developing communication products and policy briefing documents on reducing the need for antibiotic use in food production and agriculture.

See the films on youtube:

Reducing the need for antimicrobials by improving animal husbandry practices.

Tackling antimicrobial resistance in livestock: the Impact of good husbandry practices in Indonesia.

Ensuring responsible and sustainable shrimp production by implementing good aquaculture practices.

Media training in Indonesia

The Bangkok regional office for World Organizations for Animal Health (WOAH) and ReAct Asia Pacific is holding a media training in Surabaya Indonesia.

ReAct Europe

Release of the report: Unlocking Barriers for Collective Action

Cover of the ReAct Report: Unlocking Barriers for Collective Action.
Click image to download the ReAct Report: Unlocking Barriers for Collective Action.

ReAct just released the report “The Global Need for Effective Antibiotics – Unlocking Barriers for Collective Action” from the Uppsala Dialogue Meeting held earlier this year, on the road towards the High-level Meeting in September 2024.

The upcoming High-level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance at the UN General Assembly in 2024 will be a historic opportunity for the world to renew political momentum and commitment towards addressing antibiotic resistance.

Read more about the meeting and download the report (as PDF).

ReAct Webinar: AMR High-level Meeting 2024: Mobilizing Collective Action.

Learn more about the webinar and look at recorded webinar.

Release of short film from the Dialogue Meeting arranged by ReAct and Uppsala University

In this short film you hear a few voices from the meeting days and their thoughts on antibiotic resistance and actions needed to for a world with treatable infections. You also find a few key takeaways.

European Commission – webinar with One Health focus

ReAct’s founder Otto Cars was one of the speakers at the One Health Conference arranged by the European Commission. Click to learn more about the One Health Conference.

Cancer and antibiotic resistance

ReAct’s Andrea Caputo presented at Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) virtual dialogue: Cancer patients are the primary victims of the superbug crisis.

Click to look at recording of the virtual dialogue.

15 hour webinar free webinar with certificate: Tackling AMR in hospital settings

Global Alliance for Infections in Surgery is arranging a 15 hour webinar focusing on how to address antimicrobial resistance in hospital settings. A wide range of speakers are engaged and ReAct’s founder Otto Cars is one of them. Otto Cars will focus on: A global approach to tackle the AMR crisis.

Community engagement series

During this fall, ReAct, Uppsala Antibiotic Center and Antibiotic Smart Sweden arranged a webinar and workshop series to learn more about how to engage communities and civil society groups in the global response to antibiotic resistance. The series consists of two webinars and one workshop around World AMR Awareness Week.

Click to learn more about the community engagement series and look at the two webinars held in September and October. 

Podcast epsiode on community engagement

Listen to Uppsala Antibiotic Center podcast episode about community engagement released during World AMR Awareness Week

Call for real life stories with GARDP 

ReAct and The Global Antibiotic Research & Development Partnership (GARDP) put focus on real life stories from individuals affected by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, professionals who notice that their work is affected by antibiotic resistance, for example in healthcare, and people acting on this global health challenge to keep the power of antibiotics – for a world free from untreatable infections.

ReAct Latin America

Empowering Communities Meeting Series 

The objective of the Initiative – “Communities Empowered to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance” – is to engage all sectors of society, but especially organized communities, in efforts to effectively tackle antimicrobial resistance. These events convene diverse voices and perspectives, promoting an open and engaging dialogue with the goal to improve the health of all. The meeting series is listed as WHO high-lighted events during World AMR Awareness Week.

Click to learn more about Empowered Communities on WHO/PAHO website.

Haga clic para obtener más información sobre Empowered Communities en el sitio web de OPS (español).

Click to learn more on ReAct website

The initiative is a collaboration with PAHO/WHO and South Center.

During World AMR Awareness Week ReAct Lain America also arranged 7 public events in Cuenca, Ecuador.

Click to read more about the meeting days and the public events. 

The musical group Ensamble del Viento presents its work “Dancing with bacteria”, an artistic work of dance, music and theater that is combined with science to carry the message of the feeling of the tiny in human beings.
See the performance on Facebook.

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