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)
V) White Paper Removal of antibiotics and pharmaceutical residues in water urgent (published on an in-house basis)
VI) The notorious case of Campylobacter spp.: an increasingly antimicrobialresistant foodborne pathogen (published)
VII) Antibiotic Discovery and Resistance: The Chase and the Race (published)
VIII) Progress in Alternative Strategies to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance: Focus on Antibiotics (published)
IX) Perspectives on the Ethics of Antibiotic Overuse and on the Implementation of (New) Antibiotics (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) AMR Engagement Group
By making children and their carers aware of the risks of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the AMR Engagement Group (AEG) contributes to:
- Reduction of resistant infectious diseases in children
- Reducing the spread of resistance
- Increasing the awareness of the resistance problem
The AMR Engagement Group has started from the initiative PCAS (Pennsylvania Consortium for Antimicrobial Stewardship). The Group aims to connect with comparable initiatives around the globe.
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: