On 10 October, 2016, DRIVE-AB Communications co-leader Ursula Theuretzbacher presented at a side event to the World Health Summit in Berlin titled, "Global Expert Network Conference on Innovations in Antimicrobial Drug Research and Development", organized by the German government. The presentation, "Strengthening AMR R&D by coordination, cooperation and knowledge exchange", provides an overview of the challenges to and potential solutions for antibiotic discovery and development. To see the presentation slides, please click here. To view the event programme, please click here.
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...Read more
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...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more