News and Opinions  –  2018

Innovate4AMR - innovate for a world free from the fear of untreatable infections

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Innovate4AMR invites student teams from around the world to design innovative solutions for antimicrobial stewardship in resource-limited, healthcare settings. Antimicrobial resistance, or AMR, occurs when bacteria develop the ability to stop the drugs used to treat them. Antibiotics are the cornerstone of many of the miracles of modern day medicine, from cancer chemotherapy to organ donation.

The loss of effective antibiotics would mean reverting back to a time when simple infections might become untreatable. Each year, 700,000 people die due to drug-resistant infections and, if unchecked, this number may rise to 10 million deaths a year by 2050 — more than the number of people that die of cancer today.

Antibiotics should, therefore, be considered a resource to be used with care. Innovate4AMR seeks to engage student teams to propose strategies to tackle the underuse, overuse and misuse of antibiotic prevalent in many settings. These problems persist too often today, from hospitals and clinics to outpatient pharmacies. In addressing AMR, student teams working across disciplines have much to contribute in proposing how to redesign the healthcare system. The competition’s website provides educational resources, so no prior experience in working on antimicrobial resistance is needed to participate in the competition.

Anthony So,Director, ReAct Strategic Policy Program.

Anthony So,Director, ReAct Strategic Policy Program and IDEA (Innovation+Design Enabling Access) Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health says:

“We hope to engage and enlist the next generation of leaders in developing innovative, scalable approaches to address the challenge of conserving existing antibiotics. Those in the healthcare sector have a particularly crucial role to play in finding new solutions.”

Innovate4AMR is created by ReAct – Action on Antibiotic Resistance, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and International Federation of Medical Students’ Association (IFMSA) and supported by World Health Organizations and South Center.

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