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: Antibiotics: A Double-Edged Sword (JC/Polytechnic Section First Prize)

‘What We Can Make It’ Megan Sim Hui Ci (Ngee Ann Polytechnic) ____________________________________ Left Hand Side: Traditionalist dialogue aiya antibiotic don’t eat you not sick already eat for what? don’t waste you think save it next time can use again? use when you really “cmi” antibiotic resistance not important, you know one person only how…

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…

The resistible rise of antibiotic resistance

This is a longer version of an article that appeared in The Straits Times on 16 November 2016. To read the article, click here. By Jenő Doby [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons In the 1840s, the Hungarian physician, Ignaz Semmelweis, made a startling observation: women giving birth at his hospital’s maternity clinic were five times…

Antimicrobial stewardship: guiding patient treatment to protect society

Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian is the current director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Programme at the National University Hospital in Singapore. She works as an Infectious Disease Consultant and Hospital Epidemiologist and is also an Assistant Professor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University Singapore. She has published multiple papers and book chapters in the area…

The economics of antibiotic resistance

Today’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week blog post comes from Richard Smith, Professor of Health System Economics at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. His research focuses on how a country’s health system interacts with other parts of the economy. In this post, he talks about the wide-ranging costs of antimicrobial resistance to individuals…

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