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


UN Inter-agency Coordination Group on AMR convenes

The Inter-Agency Coordination Group (IACG) on AMR established by the UN Secretary-General met for the first time on the 2nd and 3rd of May. The group, comprised of high-level representatives from relevant UN agencies, individual experts, and other international organizations, is tasked with providing practical guidance on approaches to implement and ensure effective global action to address AMR, including options to improve coordination, fulfill the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance, and implement Sustainable Development Goals. The IACG is expected to produce a report to the Secretary-General for the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly. DRIVE-AB partner Otto Cars attended the meeting as an individual expert. Read more

DRIVE-AB Survey on Global Incidence of 4 Drug-Resistant Organisms is Now Available

A DRIVE-AB survey to gather information on the global incidence of infections caused by selected antibiotic-resistant bacteria is now available. The results of this survey will be made available to public health officials and researchers to provide a basis for decision-making regarding the prevention, control, and treatment of infections by drug-resistant organisms. To read more or to complete the survey, please click here.      ...
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DRIVE-AB Partner Céline Pulcini Receives ESCMID Young Investigator Award

DRIVE-AB congratulates Work Package 1A partner Céline Pulcini on receiving the prestigious European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) Young Investigator Award. Pulcini, a professor in infectious diseases in Nancy, France is not only an integral member of the DRIVE-AB WP1A team, responsible use of antibiotics, new and old, but is also secretary of ESGAP (the ESCMID Study Group for Antibiotic Policies), and coordinates the Antimicrobial Stewardship working group of the French infectious diseases society (SPILF). Céline will officially receive her award during the...
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DRIVE-AB Partner Otto Cars to serve as Expert in UN Inter-Agency Coordination Group on AMR

DRIVE-AB partner Prof Otto Cars, Uppsala University, has been formally nominated by the United Nations (UN) Secretary General to serve as an expert to the UN ad-hoc Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (ICG-AMR). The group is currently being established in response to the UN Declaration to combat AMR that was made in September 2016 to provide practical guidance on action to address the issue of AMR globally and to supervise the implementation of the commitments and tasks that were mandated in the Declaration. Click here to read more on this story. Read more

DRIVE-AB Contributes to WHO New Priority Pathogen List

The World Health Organization (WHO), with some assistance from DRIVE-AB, among others, has recently published their first ever Priority Pathogen List: a catalogue of 12 antibiotic-resistant families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health. The catalogue was developed to guide and promote research and development of new antibiotics as part of the WHO's efforts to address the global threat of antibiotic resistance. Epidemiological data derived from the work of DRIVE-AB Work Package 1B, "Setting, communicating and revising public health priorities",  was used as basis for evidence-based criteria for the List. To read more from...
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