On 12-13 April, the World Health Organization (WHO) conducted a first round of public hearings regarding a new international instrument on pandemic preparedness and response.
The guiding question of “What substantive elements do you think should be included in a new international instrument on pandemic preparedness and response?” was explored through spoken and written input from the public.
A recently published Antibiotic Resistance Coalition Policy briefing finds WHO Global Action Plan on AMR at crossroads and calls for attention to Comprehensive Review. This briefing is released at a pivotal moment for the World Health Organization to take stock of its progress on the Global Action Plan on AMR.
March 23, 2022, ReAct Europe responded to the European Comission’s call for evidence for initiatives on antimicrobial resistance to be included in European Council recommendations on greater actions on antimicrobial resistance expected by the end of 2022. Among the points raised by ReAct were for the EU to take greater leadership and responsibility to revitialize antibiotic research and development (R&D) through an end-to-end approach from discovery to distribution, and introduce new incentives and approaches that fully delink the financing and cost of R&D from volume based sales revenues, while ensuring affordable access and rational use.
In 2022 the Swedish government is developing a new Swedish strategy for sustainable global social development for 2023 – 2027. ReAct has submitted input to the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) process, highlighting antibiotic resistance as a cross cutting systems issue for sustainable development, equity and planetary health. We also raised Sweden’s critical role in addressing the global challenge of antibiotic resistance as well as proposed several concrete actions and suggestions on how to with antibiotic resistance could be included into the new strategy.
ReAct participated at the One Health Ministerial Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance was held on 7 March 2022 in Paris, as part of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Ahead of the conference we shared ReActs Key Messages on what EU’s role and responsibilities should be in the global antibiotic resistance work.
Lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic can help mobilize urgent global action to address the silent pandemic of antibiotic resistance affecting countries throughout the world.
Antibiotics are critical components of all health systems. In an article published online in The Lancet Global Health June 15, authors from the senior leadership of ReAct, argue that a health system approach nationally and globally is critical to mitigate the devastating consequences of antibiotic resistance.
In the article we list our main takeaways from the World Health Assembly WHA74 debates relevant for antimicrobial resistance, access to medicines and vaccines, and pandemic preparedness and response. The article also include two policy briefs from ReAct: 1, briefing to 148th WHO Executive Board in January 2021 2, WHA Briefing on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response and antibiotic resistance
The ReAct Europe report “Ensuring sustainable access to effective antibiotics for everyone, everywhere – How to address the global crisis in antibiotic Research and Development” includes a comprehensive summary and critical evaluation of recent initiatives to overcome the barriers to achieve sustainable access to antibiotics. As antibiotic resistance will continue to develop as long as we depend on these medicines to treat bacterial infections, a continuous supply of new effective antibiotics is needed.
Antimicrobial resistance was back on the agenda when the 148th WHO Executive Board which took place from January 18-26, 2021. A number of ReAct’s nodes developed position documents for Member State delegates and the WHO to consider in response to the stock taking report produced by the WHO secretariat.
Antibiotics are instrumental for patients undergoing chemotherapy and surgery, and have paved the way for modern cancer care. Cancer patients often need antibiotics multiple times during the course of cancer treatment, which is why antibiotic resistance is seriously threatening patient outcomes. In ReAct’s new policy brief, you will learn more about the links connecting effective antibiotics and cancer care, and why urgent action on antibiotic resistance therefore is needed.
A new AMR Benchmark report was released during the annual World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2020. This was the second report since the Access To Medicines Index Foundation started their engagement in the field of antimicrobial resistance in 2016. While this new AMR Benchmark uncovers some truly concerning facts on company behavior, these findings are often not framed in a way that makes their significance clear. In this brief ReAct assessment tries to put these findings in context and comments on the AMR Benchmark’s approach.
Over the last five years, numerous investments have emerged to address the lack of novel antibiotics that are urgently needed to address drug-resistant infections.
ReAct has welcomed these efforts to address this market failure. Yet we are concerned that these efforts may not achieve the desired outcome of creating a sustainable new approach to antibiotic research and development.
The policy brief shows why antimicrobial resistance seriously threatens achieving universal health coverage, but also how their respective policies go hand in hand.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified Antimicrobial Resistance as a top ten priority global health threat for 2019. Three years after the Political Declaration on Antimicrobial Resistance was adopted by all Member States in 2016, we are now at a critical point in time to shape the world’s response to the issue. For 2019, political action must be stepped up. We urge countries to take up the work on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) as a top priority, and would like to see the following happen.
The IACG on AMR released the draft recommendations for public discussion from 29 January to 19 February. This marks the final round of stakeholder input collection before the recommendations are finalized for submission to the UN Secretary General by April 2019. The process towards the UN General Assembly will greatly determine the strategic directions of global response to antimicrobial resistance.
ReAct has developed our main opinions on the draft recommendations and also joined the Antibiotic Resistance Coalition (ARC) discussions for collective civil society response. Download the full ReAct response to the IACG recommendations.
How should needed work on antimicrobial resistance be funded? Meeting report from workshop with experts on antimicrobial resistance and global health. There is currently no ‘go-to-place’ for funding the implementation of National Action Plans on AMR and this is a serious concern.
Antimicrobial resistance and sustainable development: A planetary threat but a financing orphan.
During the World Investment Forum 2018, UNCTAD and WHO jointly organized an event on ‘Fostering investments in the development of new antibacterial treatments.
The event focused on promoting partnerships between funders and developers, where efforts and attention should be focused in the R&D process and how actors such as UNCTAD can bring relevant actors together to devise solutions to the current challenges in antibiotic discovery, research and development.
Interventions by ReAct during the WHO Global Development & Stewardship Consultation 1 October 2018.
The Global AMR R&D Hub, an initiative established under the Germany Presidency of G20, and launched in conjuction with the World Health Assembly in Geneva earlier this year. The aim of the hub, according to their own vision, is “to promote high-level coordination among governments and upstream funders from different world regions, in order to better align national and international efforts in the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR).”
During the summer of 2018 the UN Interagency Coordination Group (IACG) released six discussion papers for public consultation to solicit feedback on the work of IACG to inform its future deliberations. Members of the Antibiotic Resistance Coalition (ARC), including ReAct, convened to discuss and submitted responses to the first set of discussion papers.
ReAct Africa, ReAct Asia Pacific, ReAct Europe, ReAct Latin America and ReAct North America together with other members and partners of the Antibiotic Resistance Coalition (ARC) has written a joint letter to the UN Inter-Agency Coordination Group (IACG) on Antimicrobial Resistance to call on the group to increase the transparency of, and civil society involvement in, its policy deliberation and meeting process
Stewardship & Access Intervention by ReAct during the Global Development & Stewardship Consultation 9-10 November 2017.
Across multiple provisional agenda items of the 140th session of the WHO Executive Board, antimicrobial resistance plays an important role.
This briefing lays out key evidence, offers guiding principles, and suggests opportunities for policy action to tackle antimicrobial resistance, both directly and through the lens of related issues.
This report by ReAct and Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation looks at the state of global development when the drugs don’t work and a post-antibiotic era sets in. The report shows how antibiotic resistance is a global development problem by highlighting existing data and people’s experiences.
This paper examines how a number of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are impacted by antimicrobial resistance and suggests how to integrate the issue better into ongoing international policy processes using SDGs as an entry point.
Antimicrobial Resistance – A Threat to the World’s Sustainable Development (PDF, 4MB).
In May 2014, civil society organizations and stakeholders from six continents working in the health, agriculture, consumer and development sectors came together to form the Antibiotic Resistance Coalition (ARC). The Antibiotic Resistance Coalition launched the Declaration on Antibiotic Resistance to advocate for policy change and action to prevent the post-antibiotic era from becoming a bleak reality.
Antibiotic Resistance Coalition: Declaration on ABR (PDF).
This policy document introduces ReAct’s vision from 2011 on global responsibility and leadership toward action on antibiotic resistance. It also lays down options to invigorate R&D for new antibiotics while addressing access vs. excess dilemma.
The World’s Collective Responsibility to Conserve Antibiotic Effectiveness (PDF, 1MB).