The Region of the Americas is the first in the world to have eliminated measles, a viral disease that can cause severe health problems, including pneumonia, blindness, brain swelling and even death. This achievement culminates a 22-year effort involving mass vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella throughout the Americas. For more information, please read the […]
A health warning from the World Health Organization was recently released regarding the types of antibiotics that can cure gonorrhea http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/246114/1/9789241549691-eng.pdf The World Health Organization says it’s a risk the one remaining treatment could stop working in about 5 years. Annually there are 78 million cases of gonorrhoea. The STD can be especially dangerous for […]
Outbreak of high level azithromycin resistant gonorrhoea in England: an update The outbreak of HL-AziR gonorrhoea in England, described in HPR in April , persists. There have been 17 cases of HL-AziR gonorrhoea reported to date in 2016 compared to 15 cases for the same time period in 2015. Between November 2014 and August 2016 […]
Antibiotics were once considered the “magic bullet” against infections, and yet the rise of bacterial resistance has changed the game. Sam Willcocks walks us through the rise and fall of antibiotics, and shows us why we need to think carefully about how we harness new technology so that we can continue to do good.
One Wednesday a landmark declaration agreeing to combat antimicrobial resistance has been signed by 193 countries at the United Nations General Assembly. The agreement follows a worldwide campaign led by Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to highlight the threat posed to modern medicine by antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Continue reading […]
Up to £4 million capital investment is available to enable research into antimicrobial resistance and advance the development of new products. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/funding-competition-antimicrobial-resistance
AMR Centre Director, Clare Chandler, organised a ‘Constructing AMR’ workshop that took place on the 3rd August 2016. The workshop brought together leading social scientists to explore from different disciplinary perspectives how AMR is constructed, and what this means for how policy, science and practice are being made and remade. Topics included: the […]