Antibiotic use in the human and animal sectors in Cambodia

  This two-pronged project aims 1) to understand factors associated with antimicrobial use in Cambodia’s general public and 2) to explore social networks in farming communities and their role in dissemination of health information. Inappropriate antibiotic use is widespread in Cambodia with numerous sources for non-prescription access to antibiotics in both human and farming communities.…

Antibiotic use in the animal sector in Singapore

  This study aims to understand the patterns and determinants of antimicrobial use in Singapore’s animal sector. Singapore launched its national strategic action plan to address AMR in November 2017 which includes as a specific priority to reduce inappropriate use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals. However, little is known about patterns and determinants of antimicrobial…

World Antibiotic Awareness Week Essay Contest 2018: Should I Change My Microbiome (First Prize)

‘March into the Warren’ Chua Jie Hui (National University of Singapore) Squint in earnest, Fancy with mind’s eye, Otherworldly shapes bustling, In odd fashion.   Spheres tumble, flashing their teeth, Rods whirl off-kilter, All while the flagella, Quiet in a corner, Placidly draw waves.   This one a seasoned politician, That, a headstrong soldier. And…

Antibiotic stewardship in animals

David Heymann is Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Head of the Centre on Global Health Security (CGHS) at Chatham House. In this post, compiled from a Chatham House CGHS report drafted by Gemma Buckland, he describes the current status of antibiotic stewardship in animals. The…

Livestock-associated MRSA: should we be concerned?

Dr. Nicola J Williams is professor of Zoonotic Bacterial Disease at the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool, UK. Her research interests include antibiotic resistance, transmission of food-borne pathogens, and the molecular epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus bacteria in wildlife, livestock and companion animals. MRSA, or methicillin-resistant…

Penicillin at the petrol shop: unlikely places you can buy antibiotics

Dr Mishal Khan is Assistant Professor at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Her research focuses on gender inequalities in health, health systems strengthening and tuberculosis control. In this blog post, she tells us about some of the less familiar places to get antibiotics around…

Teaching kids about antibiotic resistance

The WHO’s Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance, has specific recommendations to educate the public about antimicrobial resistance and to introduce this issue into the educational curriculum. As part of the second World Antibiotic Awareness Week (November 14-18, 2016), we organized a two-day event at Jurong Regional Library over the weekend to teach children about…

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