BSAC launches community-focused initiative in response to ‘global emergency’ of superbugs

18th November 2020

Building on the success of its Antibiotic Action campaign (which began in 2012), the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) has today launched a global health initiative called Stop Superbugs.

Superbugs are a global health emergency. Drug-resistant infections already kill at least 700,000 people a year. This number could to rise to 10 million a year by 2050, with the poorest people in the world likely to suffer most.

Yet despite the severity of the situation, last year’s Chatham House report made clear that progress has not gone far enough or fast enough. The report’s authors called for action – and not “more words”.

Stop Superbugs is BSAC’s response to that call.

Designed to provide practical support to a range of community-focused projects around the world, Stop Superbugs will partner with up to five projects every year, securing support via corporate sponsorship, pro-bono expertise, grant applications, publicity, fundraising, and education and training.

Tracey Guise, CEO of BSAC, said: “We recognise that there’s already much good work happening all over the world right now. Projects, often helped by passionate volunteers, are working in communities to undertake many life-saving actions – advising on the responsible use of antimicrobials, educating on infection prevention and control, highlighting environmental pollution, and so much more.

“Stop Superbugs will shine a light on these projects, helping to identify the support they need while helping to raise public awareness of superbugs by providing a space for the stories that all too often go untold – not only of the lives blighted or destroyed, but also of the people who, through their hard work and dedication, are helping to contain and control the threat.”

 

For more information visit the Stop Superbugs website.

To offer support email mcorley@bsac.org.uk or lbrown@bsac.org.uk.

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