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What can we learn from Using Antibiotics Wisely to revamp future antibiotic campaigns?

20th July 2021

The Journal of Antimicrobial of Chemotherapy (JAC) recently published on the Canadian antibiotic stewardship campaign ‘Using Antibiotics Wisely’. This national campaign did not have the desired effect of reducing antibiotic prescribing. Dr Oliver Van Hecke was disappointed, but not surprised. Here, he explains why…

BSAC funded project explores the link between AMR and COVID in Sudan… With big implications for us all

15th July 2021

A BSAC funded project, a collaboration between University College London in the UK, HerpeZ in Zambia  and the Institute of Endemic Diseases in Sudan, is now recruiting patients to take part in a ground-breaking study exploring whether changes to infection prevention and control policies that were introduced due to COVID actually make it more likely that patients will catch other, potentially drug-resistant, infections while in hospital. Project lead, Dr Linzy Elton, explains more…

BSAC’s view on the UK government cuts to overseas aid

14th July 2021

Yesterday, the UK government won a vote to keep the budget for international development at 0.5% of national income, down from the 0.7% figure, which was in place until earlier this year. The decision has drawn a furious response, not least from former Prime Ministers John Major and Theresa May, the latter of whom accused the government of ‘turning its back on the poorest in world’.

Study highlights key role of BSAC online course in reducing hospital infections

5th July 2021

The newly-published analysis of an antibiotic stewardship programme in an emergency department – of which the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy’s (BSAC) Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Antimicrobial Stewardship: Managing Antibiotic Resistance was a major component – has described a ‘significant downward trend’ of rates of Clostridioides difficile infection following its introduction.

Appreciation: Dr Norman Alan Simmons CBE, 1933–2020

5th July 2021

Norman Alan Simmons, who died last year on the 27th of November, had a diverse and distinguished career in microbiology, including being a founding member of both BSAC and the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.

Vanguard Report: Inequality and antibiotic resistance

1st July 2021

To celebrate our 50th anniversary, we’re inviting a select number of experts to share what they see as being the 21st-century solutions to one of the biggest and most complex challenges of our generation: antimicrobial resistance. In this post, Marc Mendelson explores the inequality that lies at the heart of antibiotic resistance, and explains why “no one is safe until we are all safe”...

Vanguard Report: The future of antibiotic stewardship: managing access and excess

23rd June 2021

To celebrate our 50th anniversary, we’re inviting a select number of experts to share what they see as being the 21st-century solutions to one of the biggest and most complex challenges of our generation: antimicrobial resistance. In this post, Debra Goff explores the future of of antibiotic stewardship...

Vanguard Report: AMR diagnostics in light of evolving technologies and access in low- and middle-income countries

27th May 2021

To celebrate our 50th anniversary, we’re inviting a select number of experts to share what they see as being the 21st-century solutions to one of the biggest and most complex challenges of our generation: antimicrobial resistance. In this post, Daniel Berman and Ruth Neale explore the future of AMR diagnostics...

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