News and Opinions  –  2018

ReAct Latin America: A workshop to reach commitments

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From May 14 to 18, the city of La Paz, Bolivia, will host the International Workshop Seminar "Understanding Antimicrobial Resistance, Caring the Health of Mother Earth, Healing Us".

An event that brings together professionals from Bolivia, El Salvador, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Australia and Sweden, to address antibiotic resistance from a One Health perspective.

The Seminar is organized by:

  • the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing, Nutrition and Medical Technology of Mayor University San Andrés through the Chair of Microbiology,
  • ReAct Latin America,
  • International Society to Improve the Use of Medicines (ISIUM) and
  • the Reimagining Resistance group.

From words to action

The event is divided into two parts. The first two days will be held as a seminar, to reflect on issues such as the relationship of bacteria in ecosystems, the care of bacteria in smart communities, food sovereignty and comprehensive health systems. In the next three days, workshops will be held, which are expected to produce practical results that can be used in implementation of National Action Plans in work with health professionals.

Arturo Quizphe, Head of ReAct Latin America.

“The objective of this event is to share and develop proposals for the care of antibiotics and Mother Earth; analyze the relationship that exists between the human microbiome, food, health and disease to improve strategies to contain antimicrobial resistance; to implement community-based processes to improve the use of modern and traditional medicines with an emphasis on antimicrobial resistance, and develop strategies to promote social participation as part of the National Action Plans on AMR”,

explains Dr. Arturo Quizhpe, Coordinator of ReAct Latin America.


The event is endorsed by the School of Medicine of the National University of Mar del Plata and the Institute of Socio-environmental Health of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the National University of Rosario.

Antibiotic resistance, a current issue

ReAct Latin America has seen the need to generate this arena for reflection and work because antibiotic resistance is a growing problem, is extremely complex and is global. It requires action from health professionals in the care of antibiotics, but at the same time in the health care of Mother Earth, because it is not possible to counter antibiotic resistance without a healthy environment.