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Civil Society

One Voice for One Health: Joint Statement and Call to Action on AMR signed by over 40 organisations

European Public Health Alliance, 01 February 2017

The Joint Statement and Call to Action on AMR, drafted by EPHA for the European Commission's Health Policy Platform Thematic Network on AMR, has so far been signed by over 40 different organisations and individuals in support of a strong EU effort and civil society involvement in implementing the AMR Action Plan. While the formal endorsement period is now over, the Call remains open for signatures and EPHA encourages wide dissemination for advocacy and awareness-raising purposes.
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Joining the Dots - Tackling Pharmaceuticals in the Environment and Antimicrobial Resistance

European Public Health Alliance

EPHA, Changing Markets Foundation and the European Environmental Bureau organised an event on 30 January 2018 that aimed to "join the dots" between the growing presence of pharmaceuticals in the environment and AMR.
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Global Health & Antimicrobial Resistance: Workshop on 23rd May 2018

World Federation of Public Health Associations

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Increased Efforts Needed to Batter Antimicrobial Resistance

Friends of Europe, 26 January 2018

The Friends of Europe Café Crossfire event "Coping with Antimicrobial Resistance" took place on the 23rd of January. It was concluded that greater scale and coordination are needed to fight a problem that is global in nature. Image credit
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European & International Organisations

The fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the EU: EU One-Health Network meets in Brussels today

Health and Food Safety DG, 5th February 2018

The bi-annual One-Health Network meetings provide members with a platform to present national action plans and keep each other up to date on their progress, to share best practices, and to discuss policy options and how to enhance coordination.
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EU-JAMRAI at the One Health Network

EU-JAMRAI, 5th February 2018

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One Health Approach

WHO, 1st February 2018

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IACG Conference in Bangkok

WHO South-East Asia, 31st January 2018

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High levels of antibiotic resistance found worldwide, new data shows

WHO, 29th January 2018

WHO's first release of surveillance data on antibiotic resistance reveals high levels of resistance to a number of serious bacterial infections in both high- and low-income countries.
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Report - Countries Should Increase Funding for AMR Research by 50%

Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance, 15th January 2018

The current pipeline for innovative antibiotics in various stages of R&D is insufficient, potentially delivering no more than one innovative antibiotic for a “critical” World Health Organization priority pathogen within the next five years. Image credit
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FAO partners with Swedish university in fight against antimicrobial resistance

Food and Agriculture Organization, 12th January 2018

Building on the FAO Action Plan on AMR, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences will take up the challenge of developing a manual of practical, stepwise approaches to more cautious use of antimicrobials. Image credit
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The 6th Transnational Call is Open 

Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance, 11th January 2018

The JPIAMR, in partnership with sixteen member countries is launching a sixth joint call for transnational research projects. The total budget of the 6th Call is approx. 14.4 million Euro. Image credit
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WHO/Europe launches online course for clinicians on prescribing and using antibiotics wisely 

WHO/Europe, 11th January 2018

WHO/Europe has launched a newly developed online course that aims to equip clinicians with the information they need to prescribe antibiotics appropriately and wisely. This free course is available via the OpenWHO platform. Image credit
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ECDC country visit to Spain to discuss antimicrobial resistance issues

ECDC, 10th January 2018

Following an invitation by the Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, an ECDC team conducted visits and meetings to discuss AMR issues in Spain on 15-19 February 2016, with the overall objective of providing an evidence-based assessment of the situation in Spain with regard to prevention and control of AMR through prudent use of antibiotics and infection control.
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International Media

Vaccination to reduce antimicrobial resistance

The Lancet, March 2018

With the pipeline of new antibiotics running dry, vaccines are being proposed as a key part of the toolkit used to fight antimicrobial resistance. Amy Ginsburg and Keith Klugman suggest that a reduction in resistant pathogens might be easier to achieve in many countries via vaccines than through other interventions, such as improved hygiene and sanitation. 
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Rise of superbugs puts everyday surgical operations in jeopardy

The Times, 14th February 2018

One in five infections picked up during common operations worldwide is resistant to standard antibiotics, suggests research that reveals how far resistance to drugs has advanced towards a so-called doomsday scenario. Image credit
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Hundred of drug companies make and sell unapproved antibiotics in India

STAT, 6th February 2018

A new study finds that hundreds of drug makers continue to manufacture and sell numerous unapproved formulations in India, which is only likely to exacerbate concerns the problem will worsen. Image credit
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FT Health: New benchmarks in superbug struggle 

Financial Times, 26th January 2018

The fight against superbugs dominated public health this week, with the publication of three separate reports on the battle against antimicrobial resistance.
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Antibiotic strategies in critical care: back to square one? 

The Lancet, 24th January 2018

Reduction of the selection pressure on pathogens through the rational use of antimicrobials, and discernment of which antibiotic treatment strategies achieve this goal, are now international priorities. Antibiotic stewardship encompasses different evidence-based measures to improve the appropriate use of antibiotics by promoting selection of optimal drug regimens, including dosing, duration of therapy, and route of administration.
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British supermarket chickens show record levels of antibiotic-resistant superbugs 

The Guardian, 15th December 2018

Chickens for sale in Britain’s supermarkets are showing record levels of superbugs resistant to some of the strongest antibiotics, new research from the government has found.  Image credit
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National Media

50,000 antibiotic-resistant infections in Campania Region

La Republicca (Italy), 12th February 2018

In 2016, almost 50,000 cases of infections with antibiotic-resistant bacteria were detected in Campania by the 20 laboratories adhering to the Regional Surveillance System. Image credit
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Does the pork we eat contain antibiotics?

El Independiente (Spain), 10th February 2018

Pigs and other farm animals in Spain are given antibiotics in a preventive manner, which remains a serious problem. It causes the bacteria in their intestines to become resistant, which in turn can spread through meat consumption and through the environment. Image credit
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Pathogens on the beach

Sueddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), 6th February 2018

Biologists discovered germs that are resistant to antibiotics in several rivers and lakes. Some of them could be dangerous for humans. The underlying cause may be found in the veterinary medicine. Image credit
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Why antibiotic resistance is a growing problem in the world, and what might follow

Adevarul (Romania), 1st February 2018

Prof. Rafila, head of the Romanian Microbiology Society, explains in this interview that human consumption of antibiotics needs to be limited to the minimum amount that is necessary and that there should be a total exclusion from animal feed. Image credit
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What is the pharma industry doing against antibiotic resistance? Not enough

Volkskrant (Netherlands), 23rd January 2018

28 antibiotics are currently in the last stage of research. However, the pharma industry is not doing enough to prevent that residues enter the environment and that a responsible use is promoted. Image credit
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Multiresistant tuberculosis strains discovered in refugees 

Welt (Germany), 16th January 2018

Scientists achieved to proof an outbreak of multi resistant tuberculosis. It was discovered in 29 refugees and shows an unusual combination of antimicrobial resistance to four different medicines. Image credit

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