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Civil Society

European Antibiotics Awareness Day

European Public Health Alliance, 13th November 2017

EPHA stresses to put an end to the "Business as Usual" and calls for the development of targets on the European Antibiotics Awareness Day (EAAD)
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Wellcome invests £2.4 million in AMR research project

Wellcome Trust, 13th October 2017

In light of the release of the new Global Burden of Disease report on AMR, the Wellcome Trust is providing its financial support to encourage further research on AMR.
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European & International Organisations

Stop using antibiotics in healthy animals

World Health Organization, 7th November 2017

WHO launched new guidelines for farmers and the food industry to help preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics.

 
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AMR indicators recommended in EU

European Medicines Agency, 30th October 2017

EMA, together with ECDC and EFSA recommend the use of indicators to measure progress in EU member states. The newly released set of harmonized outcome indicators address both the human and animal sectors and they reflect antimicrobial consumption and antimicrobial resistance in the community, in hospitals and in food-producing animals.

 

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Tuberculosis (TB) main cause of AMR deaths

World Health Organization, 30th October 2017

WHO releases a report asking for greater politcal commitment to end tuberculosis (TB). TB has been identified as the main cause of deaths related to antimicrobial resistance and the leading killer of people with HIV.
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EC kicks off AMR preventions and control workshops

European Commission, 13th November 2017

On November 13th in Madrid, the first in a total of 15 workshops under the Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF) programme on the prevention and control of AMR is being held in the context of an overall One Health approach. 

 
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World Health Summit warns of failing business models in AMR

IP Watch, 19th October 2017

During this years' World Health Summit in Berlin industry representatives underlined that there is an issue with current business models due to high risk and low return of investment for research in this area.
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European Media

Can the Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark blaze a new trail?

The Lancet, 13th October 2017

The Access to Medicine Foundation is introducing the AMR Benchmark with the objective to map actions of 30 pharmaceutical companies against a set of 15 priorities defined by experts. The AMR Benchmark will be released in January 2018 and will be a helpful tool encouraging efforts to fight AMR.

 
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National Media

German researchers warn about rise of AMR

FOCUS Online (Germany), 24th October 2017

Collected samples from 2009 to 2016 covering people, food and the environment, allowed researchers to come to the unfortunate conclusion that 45% of the samples had developped a multi-drug resistance strain.
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Too many (unnecessary) antibiotics against cystitis, causing rise of AMR

Corriere della Sera (Italy), 1st November 2017

In 40% of cases, antibiotics are used unneccssarily against cystitis in Italy. As a result, one in two bacteria are resistant.

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Sweden strives for harder rules for antibiotic treatments of animals in the EU

Swedish Government website, 24th October 2017

An important component in tackling AMR is reducing the use of antibiotics in animal husbandry. Sweden, together with Finland, Denmark, Austria and the Netherlands have written a joint letter calling on other EU countries to support a proposal prohibiitng the use of antibiotics for preventive group treatments of animals.
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Rise of MRSA outside of hospitals in the Netherlands

NOS (the Netherlands), 5th November 2017

Friesland, a province in the North of the Netherlands, is facing a rise of MRSA contaminations occuring outside of hospitals where caregivers were unknowingly spreading MRSA during their homecare provision. The Dutch RIVM acknowledges this issue and warns care facilities to closely monitor this threat.
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Spain stuffs cattle with antibiotics

El Pais (Spain), 19th October 2017

Spanish consumption of antimicrobials in animals is highest in the EU, four times higher than in Germany.
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Decrease in meat consumption leads to lower levels of AMR

De Morgen (Belgium), 16th October 2017

Reducing the intake of meat is a strong strategy to tackle the rising problem of AMR according to scientists. One of the root causes of AMR lies with the excessive use of antibiotics in livestock and therefore the consumption of meat should be discouraged by increasing prices of meat.

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