Authors: Martha Powell, Future Science Group
The 13–19 November marks World Antibiotic Awareness Week, aiming to increase awareness of global antibiotic resistance (AMR) – a growing public health problem – and to encourage best practices to try and prevent further spread.
On Infectious Diseases Hub, we’re hoping to contribute to this aim with a compilation of the top content we’ve featured in this field, including a look at alternatives to antibiotics and an overview of top news stories this year – from the WHO raising concerns about the current antibiotic pipeline to the UK’s Chief Medical Officer calling for action on the issue of AMR. You can browse the full selection of Editor’s picks, features and news below.
In addition, we’re carrying out a Twitter chat in aid of World Antibiotic Awareness Week, with input from leading experts Diane Ashiru-Oredope (Lead Pharmacist, AMR Programme, Public Health England), Alicia Demirjian (Paediatric Infectious Diseases Doctor & Epidemiologist, Evelina London Children’s Hospital), Enrique Castro-Sánchez (Lead Research Nurse, NIHR Health Protection Research Unit, Imperial College London), Andrew Singer (Water & soil pollution scientist, NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford) and Chloe James (Senior Lecturer in Medical Microbiology, University of Salford). You can catch this at #TalkAMR on November 14th (15:00 GMT/10:00 EST), or after the event take a look at our Storify of the highlights.
On a personal note, I hope you’ll join the conversation on what is rapidly becoming one of the most pressing issues we’re facing as a society. It has been estimated AMR could be the cause of 10 million mortalities every year by 2050 and the WHO has advised that urgent action will be necessary to avoid a ‘post-antibiotic era’. A comprehensive and collaborative approach to the problem will be required – including not just political commitments, but also measures on an individual level. Take a look at resources such as Antibiotic Guardian or Antibiotic Research UK to find out more about what you can do.
With regards to AMR, we’re in this together, there are actions you can take, and the time to act is now.
Editor, Infectious Diseases Hub
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