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Special Issue of the WHO Global Action Plan on AMR Newsletter Following UN Meeting

Following the high-level meeting on antimicrobial resistance that was held in New York at the 71st General Assembly of the United Nations on 21 September, a Special Issue of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance newsletter has been released. This newsletter will provide you with an update of the high-level meeting itself as well as feedback on some of the many side events that took place prior to the meeting. More detailed information regarding all side events that took place will follow in the next newsletter issues. Please click...
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UN Holds High-Level Meeting on AMR, Leads to Declaration on Drug-Resistant Infections

The United Nations Member States met for the 71st General Assembly in New York this week. A high-level meeting on antimicrobial resistance (AMR), for which DRIVE-AB had prepared a policy brief for participants, was held on 21 September. This historical meeting marks the fourth time that the UN General Assembly has held a high-level meeting for a health issue, a fact which is indicative of the urgency and seriousness of the antimicrobial resistance crisis, which is a "fundamental threat" to global health and safety, according to UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon. Margaret Chan, director general for the World...
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World Bank Report Estimates Impact of AMR

The World Bank released a report on 19 September, 2016, in anticipation of the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), which estimates the global economic damage that AMR will cause by 20150. According to the report, if left unchecked, by 2050 AMR could cause economic damage on par with the 2008 financial crisis. Research cited in the report also states that AMR will increase poverty and will affect poorest countries the most.   Please click here for the full story.    ...
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DRIVE-AB Releases New Policy Brief Ahead of UN Meeting on AMR

In anticipation of the United Nations General Assembly meeting on antimicrobial resistance next week,  21 September, 2016, the DRIVE-AB consortium has released a policy brief on "The Importance of Multinational Coordination and Increased Public Financing for Antibiotic Innovation". The brief will be disseminated to the meeting participants to inform them on the challenges and opportunities associated with multinational coordination in regards to antibiotic innovation funding. Please click here to read the full policy brief.    ...
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DRIVE-AB Partner Laura Piddock receives Outreach Prize

We are delighted to report that the Microbiology Society has honoured DRIVE-AB Communications Team partner Laura Piddock’s contributions to public and professional engagement through the award of its 2016 Outreach Prize. The prize, which was presented to Laura at the Society’s AGM earlier today [Thursday 8 September 2016] recognises her achievements and continuing work in raising the profile of the threat of antimicrobial resistance through engaging the public and media.  As a partner in DRIVE-AB, Chair in Public Engagement for the Read more