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The Global Campaign From People to Leaders: Support from 97 communities and civil society groups!

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2024-06-27

As the world grapples with the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), a powerful coalition of communities and civil society groups is making its voice heard. The campaign "From People to Leaders: Act on AMR NOW!” spearheaded by ReAct and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), is gaining momentum ahead of the crucial High-Level Meeting on AMR at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this September.

From people to leaders: Act on AMR now!

The campaign’s core element is the Call for Global Action – From People to Leaders: Act on AMR NOW! that focuses on vulnerable populations, equity, and the One Health approach. It presents 10 urgent requests to Member States and key stakeholders worldwide, emphasizing the need for immediate and comprehensive action to combat AMR.

Growing number of support!

As of today, the call has garnered 362 signatures, with an impressive 97 communities and civil society groups lending their support. This groundswell of grassroots engagement demonstrates the widespread concern about AMR and the desire for concrete action from global leaders.

The campaign organizers are not resting on their laurels, however. They have set an ambitious goal of reaching at least 200 signatures from communities and civil society groups. This target underscores the importance of broad-based support in driving meaningful change in AMR policy and practice.

WaterAid supports the campaign and has signed the call!

WaterAid, an international non-governmental organisation, focused on water, sanitation and hygiene has signed the Call for Global Action – From People to Leaders: Act on AMR NOW!

Point 6 in the call reads:

We urge Member States to ensure equitable access to safe water, sanitation, vaccines, timely diagnosis and effective antibiotics (and other antimicrobials), as well as to incentivize the development of rapid diagnostics and new treatments, and reinforce infection prevention, surveillance and control.

Andreas Berglöf, WaterAid.

Andreas Berglöf, Policy Advisor Health, WaterAid says:

”WaterAid supports this campaign and has signed the call because the overuse and wrong use of antibiotics is closely linked to the lack of water, sanitation and hygiene at health care facilities. Around half of the health care facilities globally is lacking basic hygiene services.”

 

Visit the campaign page!

The campaign’s dedicated webpage serves as a hub for engagement and resources.

  1. Here, individuals can sign the call on behalf of themselves or as representatives of their communities or civil society groups.
  2. To facilitate widespread participation, the Call for Global Action: From People to Leaders: Act on AMR NOW! has been made available in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Arabic. It will also be avaliable in Bahasa Indonesia shortly.
  3. The page also offers a wealth of materials to help spread the message, including social media cards, short promotional videos, posters, articles, report/s, press release and inspiration from across the globe.
  4. An online launch webinar provides further context and information about the campaign’s goals and strategies.

Join us and share in social media!

To amplify the message, the campaign is leveraging social media platforms such as Twitter/X, LinkedIn and Facebook. Supporters are encouraged to share posts and links to the campaign page, helping to broaden its reach and impact. An email signature featuring the campaign logo and links to the sign-up page is also available, allowing supporters to spread awareness through their daily communications.

Posts for social media

Your support is invaluable, please SHARE POST in your network and feel free to encourage them to share in social media:

TWITTER/X: Click to share post

LINKEDIN: Click to share link to campaign page and to sign the call 

FACEBOOK: Click to share link to campaign page and to sign the call 

Thank you for spreading the word and engaging!

UNGA HLM AMR: Timing of this campaign is critical

The timing of this campaign is critical. The upcoming High Level Meeting on AMR at the UN General Assembly represents a rare opportunity to elevate AMR on the global agenda and secure commitments from world leaders. And, as the signature count continues to climb, the momentum behind this campaign serves as a powerful reminder of the collective strength of grassroots movements. It demonstrates that when communities and civil society groups unite around a common cause, they can influence global policy and drive meaningful change.

The message is clear: the time to act on AMR is now, and the world is watching.