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Consensus around delinkage emerges - of sorts

A literature review on proposed incentive mechanisms for the R&D of new antibiotics by the EU-US TATFAR has shown a broad consensus on recommending delinkage. However, differences in definition are hiding underneath the consensus.


Bottlenecks of antibiotic research need to be addressed

While problems with antibiotic discovery and development are often discussed in the context of funding and return on investment, these factors are not the only ones. Even if the financial bottlenecks would be resolved, significant scientific and structural problems are still present and need to be addressed. We highlight a few of the scientific bottlenecks in antibiotic discovery, with links to further reading.


ReAct highlights during World Antibiotic Awareness Week

ReAct arranged a series of activities during World Antibiotic Awareness Week, such as: policy meetings, hospital visits, seminars, workshops, launch of stories working with children, forums, TV and radio shows and much more. Countries covered by these activities were Kenya, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Indonesia, Thailand and Ecuador. Here are some of the highlights.


Workshop on National Action Plan on AMR for developing countries

Antibiotics is used in the food animal and agricultural sector from where antimicrobial resistance finds its way into the human health sector. Antibiotic production in some parts of the world results in the release of effluents into the environment. To highlight the need to include these concerns in National Action Plans on Antimicrobial Resistance in developing countries, a global meet was organized in New Delhi, India.


Cost of antibiotic resistance in Sweden: at least 500 million USD by 2024

Mind boggling costs published last week by the Swedish Public Health Authority show the magnitude of future financial consequences of antibiotics resistance. Commented by ReAct.


World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2016

During World Antibiotic Awareness Week (14-20 November) ReAct arranged a series of activities. These included policy meetings, hospital visits with sessions on antimicrobial resistance, seminars, media conferences, workshops, launch of stories working with children, forums, presentations, TV and radio shows and much more.


World Antibiotic Awareness Week: Thailand marks the week with colorful public events

Puppet shows, songs, exhibitions and outreach activities in hospitals, pharmacies, colleges and public meeting places in Bangkok marked the World Antibiotic Awareness Week in Thailand.


World Antibiotic Awareness Week: ReAct Africa is raising awareness among the general public

Articles in national newspapers, quiz for students, televisions shows, hospital visits, stickers on public vehicles and getting the new Antimicrobial Policy receive government accent are some of ReAct Africa’s activities during World Antibiotic Awareness week.


World Antibiotic Awareness Week: ReAct Latin America launches Child to Child Stories

One of the most important aspects for ReAct Latin America has been the inclusion of children in projects. The Child to Child Stories are launched during the World Antibiotic Awareness Week in Venzuela, Argentina and Ecuador.


Coordinating action on AMR globally – what are the next steps for the UN Inter-Agency Coordination Group?

It is too unclear how the establishment of the Ad Hoc Inter-Agency Coordination Group, which was mandated during the UN High Level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance in September 2016, is progressing. In the preceding negotiations around the Political Declaration, ReAct had advocated for the formation of such a group to ensure global coordination.


World Antibiotic Awareness Week: ReAct Africa holds policy meeting

The World Antibiotic Awareness Week is currently ongoing. ReAct Africa is supporting her champions to raise awareness on antibiotic resistance in several sub-Saharan Africa countries. In this article we highlight two activities from Kenya and Zimbabwe.


ReAct’s Otto Cars is the SafeCare Person of the year!

SafeCare Magazine recognized Dr. Otto Cars, founder of ReAct, as the SafeCare Person of the year. SafeCare Magazine’s publisher says:

“We are incredibly impressed with what he has accomplished in the area of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). For over 20 years, he has been spreading the word about the risks of AMR around the world.”


ReAct and CDDEP join forces to support NAP development in LMICs

ReAct and CDDEP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly assist African countries to develop National Action Plans on Antimicrobial Resistance.

“ I am delighted that this collaboration has come into existence as it will synergize our individual efforts to improve the countries policy on antibiotic resistance.”

– Mirfin Mpundu, head of ReAct Africa


World Antibiotic Awareness Week: ReAct Latin America – tell our stories and learn from the youngest

More than 450 students, professors of medicine, psychology, nursing, veterinary and agronomy and ReAct Latin America gathered to reflect on the proper use of antibiotics in an atmosphere of enthusiasm, predisposition and commitment.



Increase in faropenem use – a hidden risk to the effectiveness of antibiotics of last resort

Carbapenems are a major last-line class of antibiotics to treat serious bacterial infections. They are currently among the most important antibiotics globally for treating drug-resistant infections, as they are broad-spectrum antibiotics with high potency against many different types of bacteria. ReAct analyzes this.


Free online course: Antibiotic resistance: The Silent Tsunami

The free online course “Antibiotic Resistance: the Silent Tsunami” introduces the concepts of antibiotic resistance and what actions are needed to meet this global health threat.


Antimicrobial resistance after UNGA political declaration

Heads of States adopted a Political Declaration calling for coordinated, global action which over the past several months has been negotiated among Member States under the auspices of the Ambassador of Mexico to the UN, Mr. Juan Gomez Camacho.


4 key asks for the High-Level Meeting on AMR

For a long time, ReAct has advocated for 4 key asks that we believe are essential.


International experts call on the UN General Assembly to establish a High-Level Coordinating Mechanism on antimicrobial resistance

Today some of the world’s foremost experts on antibiotic resistance, including ReAct´s founder and senior adviser Otto Cars, called on the United Nations General Assembly to decisively act to reduce the growing number of deaths due to limited access to effective antibiotics.


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, namely health, nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).


Call to Action on AMR – A message to take home and act out

Almost 90 participants from 26 countries gathered at the Forum of EPN to learn more about antimicrobial resistance and to discuss ways to collaborate. ReAct asked some of the participants what message they will take home, and what they will do to stop antimicrobial resistance in their region.

The specially designated Forum day on antimicrobial resistance ended with a Call to Action.



New ReAct publication that describes how AMR threatens the achievement of the sustainable development goals

ReAct is happy to announce the release of a new publication in collaboration with the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation on the role of antimicrobial resistance for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Policy brief

ReAct publishes a Stakeholder Mapping for antibiotic resistance together with the World Health Organization

With a growing number of organizations beginning to work on antibiotic resistance, there is an increased need to better coordinate and align ongoing initiatives with those of other stakeholders. Therefore, ReAct Europe has produced a comprehensive stakeholder mapping for organizations that work in the field of antimicrobial resistance.


World Health Organization promotes The ReAct Toolbox to guide countries to take action on antimicrobial resistance

In March, WHO EMRO hosted the first regional workshop on National Action Plans for Antimicrobial Resistance in Casablanca, Morocco.

ReAct’s contribution has been welcomed:

– Antibiotic resistance is a complex cross-sectorial, global threat. We need to act now, for antibiotics to work in the future. We are very impressed by the ReAct Toolbox, and it is a concrete tool to help nations with their progress to fight antibiotic resistance, says Dr. Carmem Pessoa, Team Lead AMR, at WHO Headquarters in Geneva.