ReAct has for many years focused much effort on driving the issue of antibiotic resistance up the global political agenda. Today global political awareness about antibiotic resistance has reached unprecedented levels. Now ReAct will align its work to respond to the next challenge: to ensure that the long-awaited response is corresponding to meet the actual needs, in particular in low- and middle-income countries. To address this new situation, ReAct will focus on four strategic areas in the coming five years, this with continued core funding from Sida.
Anna Zorzet, Head of ReAct Europe says:
“We are very grateful and motivated. This renewed funding from Sida gives us the opportunity to continue our work on antibiotic resistance, both with a global and local perspective. Awareness and actions on antibiotic resistance are on the rise, but there is still much to do. With this long-term support from Sida we can continue to address antibiotic resistance, in particular the needs in low- and middle-income countries.”
Sida a long-term funder
Since its inception in 2005, ReAct’s main funder has been the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The renewed core funding from Sida is for the period 2019-2022 and will be used to maintain the work of the network and its activities under the new strategic plan.
Low resource settings in focus
The world’s collective response to antibiotic resistance will only be as strong as the weakest healthcare delivery and food production system will allow. This is why it is crucial that solutions are sustainable and workable also in resource limited contexts, countries and populations. ReAct works to ensure that this reality is presented and understood at all political levels. Through all four of ReAct’s new strategic objectives the efforts will be done with the lens of low and middle-income countries’ settings.
The four objectives that will guide ReAct’s work in the next five years are:
- National action plans
- Movement building
- Globally coordinated governance
- Public health driven innovation
Provide support to develop and implement National action plans
More than 85 percent of the world’s population live in countries that have either developed or is in the process of developing a National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance. Many countries now face the task of implementing their plans and securing the financing to do so. However, only very few of the published National Action Plans in low- and middle-income countries are based on a situational analysis. ReAct provides support to countries in their work to develop and implement National Action Plans.
For a greater change we need civil society to engage
Without effective civil society mobilization and participation, any response, whether robust or weak, will risk not taking into account the particular challenges that local communities face. Over the last five years some coalitions, communities and movements to address antibiotic resistance have emerged, including the Antibiotic Resistance Coalition (ARC), which was initiated with support from ReAct. ReAct will continue to facilitate the building of strategic connections and collective mobilization to address antibiotic resistance across sectors.
Concerted action needs global coordination
Establishing effective global governance will be critical to deliver a long-term, sustained and inclusive response to antibiotic resistance. Discussions about future global governance of antimicrobial resistance have now been initiated and will likely accelerate over the next five years. ReAct’s challenge is to ensure that such discussions consider the needs, challenges and priorities of low- and middle-income countries in a manner that ensures sustainable access to effective antibiotics.
Innovation should be needs driven
Innovation is needed across a number of areas, and it is critical that it is targeted to where the needs are the greatest. Development of new antibiotics is one critical need, but there is equally a need for research and development of complementary tools to reduce the disease burden and the unnecessary use of antibiotics both in the human and animal sectors. Other forms of innovation, such as social innovations that can influence perceptions and practices, that could contribute to reducing antibiotic resistance have largely been overlooked by funders so far. ReAct will work with partners to demand a comprehensive and public health driven research agenda that prioritize the particular needs of low- and middle-income countries.
More news and opinion from 2019
- ReAct’s 2019 wrap up and 2020 expectations
- Blog post by UNDP and ReAct: Antimicrobial resistance: An emerging crisis
- Water, sanitation and hygiene services critical to curbing antibiotic quick fix
- Diagnostics: Antibiotic susceptibility
- ReAct highlights during World Antibiotic Awareness week 2019
- 2019 AMR photo competition prizes announced
- Launch of UNICEF’s institutional guidance on antimicrobial resistance
- Proposed ban on colistin for animal use announced in Indonesia
- School children led celebration of World Toilet Day and World Antibiotic Awareness Week
- 10 Innovate4AMR-winning teams enjoyed 3-day workshop in Geneva
- After 4 collaborative meeting days: Actions for the future in Latin America
- Four key points from joint comments to One Health Global Leaders Group on AMR
- Why are children more vulnerable to AMR?
- Dr Yoel Lubell, Health Economist, on Thailand, AMR, UCH and cultural factors driving AMR
- UHC and AMR: The Thai Experience
- Why do effective antibiotics matter for quality of care and patient safety?
- New ReAct policy brief: Antimicrobial resistance and universal health coverage – What’s the deal?
- Three key takeaways from the ReAct Africa conference
- Diagnostics: Species identification
- AMR-specific indicator proposed for monitoring Sustainable Development Goals
- Five focus areas at the 2nd Ministerial Conference on AMR hosted by the Netherlands
- Safety concerns of fecal microbiota transplants
- Upcoming ReAct Africa Conference: universal health coverage and antimicrobial resistance in focus
- Mother Earth conference in Argentina – the environment in focus
- Diagnostics: What are we talking about?
- Connecting global to local civil-society-agenda on AMR at CSO convening in Geneva
- ReAct colleagues featured in WHO Bulletin as leading profiles in the work on reacting to antibiotic resistance
- RAN stakeholder at WHO IPC consultation – for standards and guidelines in African Union member states
- WHA conversation on Antibiotic Resistance as a Global Development Problem co-organized by ReAct
- Insights from ReAct Asia Pacific project on antibiotic stewardship in secondary level hospitals in India
- Open letter to UN Member States from former IACG members Anthony So and Otto Cars
- ReAct UHC Intervention at UNGA Multi-stakeholder Hearing for High-level Meeting on UHC
- ReAct Latin America honors Earth Day
- Medicines Patent Pool’s view on the role of licenses for antibiotics – World Intellectual Property Day
- Second time for Innovate4AMR competition!
- World Health Day 2019: Universal Health Coverage
- Diagnostics: Constraints for successful implementation
- Antibiotic Shortages: magnitude, causes and possible solutions: A new WHO meeting report
- Erry Setyawan, FAO, on Indonesian NAP: We need to work together to make it possible to manage AMR
- ReAct’s new 5-year strategic plan receives funding from Sida
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