Below are examples of initiatives that have emerged from the international network of AMR Insights Ambassadors since the beginning of 2020.
On the initiative of several Ambassadors, spontaneous writing teams have been set up, which have now led to 3 accepted publications, 1 of which has been published:
I) Impact of antimicrobial use in animals on antimicrobial resistance in humans (published)
II) The COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on antimicrobial and biocide resistance: An AMR Insights’ global perspective (published)
III) Looking for solutions to the pitfalls of developing novel antibacterials in an economically challenging system (published)
IV) Herbicides and their impact on antimicrobial resistance in the context of food and food safety (published)
I) Sino-Dutch collaboration in curbing Antimicrobial resistance
Invited by the Netherlands Officer for Innovation, Technology and Science in China, two Ambassadors contributed to a unique podcast on Sino-Dutch collaboration in curbing Antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Dr Yonghong Xiao, esteemed AMR Insights Ambassador, Professor of infectious disease at the Zhejiang University and co-writer of China’s national AMR action-plan and Dr Maarten van Dongen are being interviewed. The podcast is broadcasted from Shanghai, China:
I) Multi-country Retrospective Analysis Bacterial Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance in COVID-19 inpatients
In close collaboration with an Ambassadors’ Clinical Reseach Team and a Statistical Research Team the following clinical study was designed: “Multi-country Retrospective Analysis Bacterial Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance in COVID-19 inpatients”. The study will take place in 7 countries and include 15 hospitals. The study is expected to start in the coming month(s). For more information see the website.
II) Dutch Consortium Antibiotics from Water
In close collaboration with the Dutch Ambassadors Brigit van Soest (Association Innovative Medicines, Dutch Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Association) and Tom Vereijken (European Water Stewardship) and Maarten van Dongen the Dutch Public-Private Consortium ‘Antibiotics from Water’ was set up. The aim of the Consortium is to support technological solutions and innovation capacity to reduce emissions from antibiotic waste streams.
III) India AMR Awareness Program
At the initiative of Indian Ambassador Amritanjali Kiran of C-CAMP in Bangalore the Ambassador Network is setting up an Awareness Program in India towards Antimicrobial Resistance. This Program will run in two phases:
- Awareness Webinars by Ambassadors from all over the world.
- Competition for the participating students & young professionals.
The pilot phase of the program will run in India through Online and Offline platforms starting with first and second tier cities and slowly moving across other Indian states. The program is expected to reach undergraduate, graduate, and other young professionals in India.
IV) Effects of discontinuation and non-adherence to veterinary medications on AMR on the animals and their owners in Central Ethiopia
At the initiative of Ambassador Waktole Abebe, Lecturer and Researcher at the Jimma University in Ethiopia, the Ambassador Network is setting up a project with the working title: “Antimicrobial use, Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) profiles of important zoonotic and non-zoonotic animal pathogens: contributing factors and magnitude of discontinuation and non-adherence to veterinary medications, and effect of the AMR on the animals and their owners in and around Modjo and Bishoftu towns, Central Ethiopia.”
The following professional Ambassador Teams were set up:
I) Clinical research team
II) Statistical research team
III) Modelling team
IV) Veterinary research team
V) Writing teams (ad hoc)
The following blogs were written by Ambassadors: