Driving reinvestment in R&D for antibiotics and advocating their responsible use


DRIVE-AB funded article on the burden of antibiotic resistance on surgery and cancer chemotherapy published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases

DRIVE-AB partner Ramanan Laxminarayan has co-authored an article published in Lancet Infectious Diseases on October 16, 2015. The article, "Potential burden of antibiotic resistance on surgery and cancer chemotherapy antibiotic prophylaxis in the USA: a literature review and modelling study". The article has received significant media attention with mentions by the BBC, among others....
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G7 Health Ministers release “Berlin Declaration on Antimicrobial Resistance”

In continuation of the G7 Summit in Elmau on 7 and 8 June 2015, the G7 Health Ministers discussed the health topics Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and Ebola during their G7-Meeting in Berlin on 8 and 9 October 2015. At this meeting, the Berlin Declaration on Antimicrobial Resistance: A Global Union for Antibiotics Research and Development (GUARD) was agreed. The declaration recognizes antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as a serious global threat to public health that requires immediate concerted global action. The declaration officially recognizes the various threats associated with AMR, both to health and to the economy, as well as the range of actions required...
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SDGs have been adopted and the issue of AMR is in it

The UN Sustainable Development Summit, held at the UN headquarters in New York from September 25-27, 2015, led to the adoption of a new sustainable development agenda. This agenda will serve as the launch pad for action by the international community and by national governments to promote shared prosperity and well-being for the next 15 years, and features the issue of antimicrobial resistance. To read more about this development, please read the ReACT news item.    ...
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World Health Organization releases survey about its antimicrobial resistance activities

The World Health Organization (WHO) has invited stakeholders from around the world to participate in a short survey about their activities for prevention and containment of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The WHO has been engaged in this field for many years, but has renewed its focus after the release of the Global Report on Surveillance in 2014 and the adoption of the Global Action Plan in May 2015. The purpose of the survey is to collect information about the views and perceptions of professionals working with AMR on the WHO's previous efforts, and how their future activities should be prioritized. It is hoped...
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Dr Marc Sprenger steps in as Director of the World Health Organization secretariat for antimicrobial resistance

Dr Marc Sprenger has stepped in this year as Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) secretariat for antimicrobial resistance. Marc and this secretariat focus on coordination of an Organization-wide approach to antimicrobial resistance, working with WHO programmes carrying out technical activities required for the implementation of the global action plan on antimicrobial resistance. “I am very honoured and feel privileged to be in this role at WHO, because the Organization has much to offer in the fight against antimicrobial resistance,” said Dr Sprenger, who brings a wealth of technical expertise and leadership experience in the field spanning nearly 30 years. For more...
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