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Children at Risk: New ReAct film and report - ReAct’s asks of leaders!

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2020-12-08

Life-threatening infections in children are becoming untreatable. ReAct releases a short film and a global survey to get the attention from leaders in governments, from donors and from professional societies and civil society. The film portrays how children’s lives are at risk due to the threat of antibiotic resistance. The message from the survey is clear - physicians across the globe are worried about losing the very drugs that can save these children’s lives. Leaders need to act now. See ReAct’s asks of governments, donors, professional societies, and civil society in this article! Please share as well! We need to unite to keep antibiotics working.

Learn more in 6 minutes. See Children At Risk on YouTube (or embedded further down). Director: Staffan Hildebrand.

Life-threatening infections in children are becoming untreatable. Leaders – act now! For a world free from untreatable infections. #AntibioticResistance Tweet this

Reality check in short film by ReAct: Children are at risk

Children At Risk – The threat of antibiotic resistance. Director: Staffan Hildebrand.

The short ReAct film shows the reality – how children’s lives are at risk due to the threat of antibiotic resistance. We visit Dr. Joseph Kathere and Elisabeth Waburi mother-of-two, both in Kenya. We also talk with Dr. Nyguen Thi Hoa at Vietnam National Children’s Hospital. Still, the challenges are global and this is addressed by Stefan Swartling Peterson, former Chief of Health, UNICEF.

Dr. Joseph Kathere, Kenya says:

“The fact is, in a few years to come, everybody will have a problem. Because we will not have drugs that are responding to common infections.mean it is a disaster – for everyone! And it is important for the policy makers to ensure that the issue of antibiotic resistance is actually addressed as one of the causes of death in every country.”

“The fact is, in a few years to come, everybody will have a problem. Because we will not have drugs that are responding to common infections.” Leaders – act now! For a world free from untreatable infections. #AntibioticResistance Tweet this

400 physicians across the globe: antibiotic resistance top reason for treatment failure in newborn sepsis

From a survey recently conducted by ReAct, we get a first-hand view from physicians that are struggling daily to treat children with life-threatening infections. Antibiotic resistance was believed by 54% to be the top reason of treatment failure in newborn sepsis. The message is clear – physicians are worried about losing the very drugs that can save these children’s lives.

The message is clear – physicians are worried about losing the very drugs that can save the lives of newborns with sepsis. Leaders – act now! For a world free from untreatable infections. #AntibioticResistance Tweet this

Governments must listen to these powerful voices and act!

Governments need to:

  • Quickly speed up access to water, sanitation, infection prevention and control practices in hospital to reduce the number of children acquiring deadly infections.
  • Strengthen the laboratory capacity in hospitals for diagnosis of neonatal sepsis especially for performing blood cultures.
  • Secure procurement and access of effective antibiotics to treat resistant bacteria causing neonatal sepsis.
  • Improve awareness of antimicrobial resistance and neonatal sepsis through national and hospital awareness campaigns.
  • Provide national guidelines and implement antimicrobial stewardship programs

Donors need to:

  • Set up external catalytic funding for capacity building, that is based on the actual needs in the countries and contributes to the country specific development agenda.

Health care professionals and their organizations need to:

  • Support the implementation of infection prevention and control programs.
  • Advocate for the urgency to get access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene supplies in the hospitals.
  • Develop context specific guidelines for clinical and microbiological and clinical diagnosis of neonatal sepsis.
  • Implement stewardship programs for rational use of antibiotics by setting up interdisciplinary teams in child healthcare programs.

Civil societies need to:

  • Echo the message of the urgency to initiate action on antibiotic resistance.
  • Be the voices for/of the victims of resistant infections. This is especially needed for the patient groups that cannot necessarily speak for themselves, such as the neonates suffering from sepsis.

Global Leaders Group on AMR need to make world leaders aware of urgency to act

One of the milestones this year was the establishment of the One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance. This group will have an important task to make all world leaders aware of the urgency to act on the systems changes required to manage the current worldwide pandemic of antimicrobial resistance

Read: ReAct Open Letter: 5 key points to One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance.

Children at Risk: New ReAct film and global survey – ReAct’s asks of leaders! For a world free from untreatable infections. #AntibioticResistance Tweet this

All for a world free from untreatable infections!

If we all take this chance now to act, we have much greater chances of having a world free from untreatable infections. Our children and future generations could thereby continue to enjoy the benefits of access to effective antibiotics in today’s modern health care that we are more often taking for granted.

ReAct Report

ReAct conducted a survey aimed to understand the awareness, availability of guidelines, general practice and potential challenges physicians face around neonatal sepsis and antimicrobial resistance. Over 400 responses from 74 countries were received and the main results compiled into a report.

Read more and access the ReAct Report: Treatment of newborn sepsis is threatened – effective antibiotics essential

ReAct film 

Children At Risk with subtitles. Director: Staffan Hildebrand.

This ReAct film, directed by Staffan Hildebrand, depicts how effective antibiotics are crucial for the survival of children with severe bacterial infections – all over the globe. The short film shows the reality – how children’s lives are at risk due to the threat of antibiotic resistance.

Read more about the film, see film and find link to film on YouTube. There is one version without subtitles and one with subtitles.

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