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About the toolbox

Take action on antibiotic resistance

Welcome to the ReAct Toolbox, a web-based and open access resource for taking action on antibiotic resistance. The aim of the Toolbox is to provide inspiration and guidance on what can be done to address the pressing issue. The Toolbox is built on what has been done in the past in a variety of settings and is aligned with ongoing and current initiatives from across the globe. The Toolbox combines practical advice on how to address the problem with examples from the field and links to external resources. Many of the resources can be adapted and implemented in a variety of contexts.

Efforts to tackle the problem of antibiotic resistance are increasing, and many options for action are available. However, knowing how to get started or how to put measures into practice is often difficult with the information on what has been done spread out, hard to find, and partially inaccurate. The ReAct Toolbox aims to be a knowledge repository where information needed to take action against antibiotic resistance can be found in one place, providing relevant resources and scientifically accurate information.

The Toolbox, an ever-evolving resource

Antibiotic resistance is a complex problem that requires action on many levels in society and across different sectors. This means that the landscape is rapidly and constantly changing. New actors enter the field, new scientific evidence is generated, new policies are implemented, and new resources and guidelines are being produced. As our knowledge about antibiotic resistance increases and changes, so do the best strategies to tackle problem. Therefore the Toolbox will continue to evolve, and never be finished.

Some sections of the Toolbox are further developed than others, and while there is a significant amount of material, it is in no way complete. There are sections that could be expanded, new sections that could be added and additional resources that have not yet been included. The main focus for ReAct’s work has always been public health, while acknowledging the importance of a one health perspective that involves sustainable actions for human health, animal health and environmental health. Our in-house expertise is mainly within human health, which is reflected in the Toolbox where the sections covering food animals are less comprehensive, but still provide a good starting point for holistic work on antibiotic resistance.

The Toolbox will be continuously updated over time, based on new findings as well as feedback from our users and experts in the field. If you have concrete suggestions for improvements, an experience or data to share from the field, or suggestions of resources, please e-mail us at: toolbox@reactgroup.org.

Selection of material

Within the Toolbox you will find ReAct selected materials from a variety of sources. When possible, we prioritize selecting material from sources such as the World Health Organization, World Organisation for Animal Health, country or region specific public health agencies and peer reviewed, well-established scientific journals.

Many initiatives have also been undertaken by dedicated champions across the globe. These are included because we believe that these experiences and stories are valuable for inspiration. To gather these examples, ReAct has drawn on our long-standing experience working in the field and input from our extensive network, including representatives from civil society organizations, governmental agencies and universities.

In most cases ReAct does not own or have the rights to the materials, however we connect you with the original site where you may obtain information on how to access them. We try our best to find open-source materials that are free of charge to use.

Our expertise

ReAct was founded more than 10 years ago and are now present on five continents, and our network extends across the globe. ReAct addresses antibiotic resistance from a holistic perspective. The team behind the Toolbox has diverse educational backgrounds and expertise within a number of areas related to antibiotic resistance and health, including infectious diseases, global health, veterinary practice and antibiotic resistance research. In addition, input comes from our network of stakeholders working in different parts of the world. We are an independent network and do not accept funding from the pharmaceutical industry. We also consult experts on specific topics for validation or review of content.

We value your opinion and welcome questions

In short, the Toolbox attempts to collect and organize material and stories from all areas that are relevant in work to tackle antibiotic resistance. We are aware that there may be gaps in the information, and we welcome input and suggestions on resources to include. If you have input or questions about the content in the Toolbox contact us at toolbox@reactgroup.org and we will do our best to assist you.

Welcome to the ReAct Toolbox, and good luck on your work to stop the spread of antibiotic resistance!