Today is the first day of World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2018, a World Health Organization campaign to increase global awareness of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), a major public health issue which threatens our ability to treat and prevent infectious diseases. http://www.who.int/who-campaigns/world-antibiotic-awareness-week
AMR and the laboratory’s role in halting this threat will be a major topic of discussion at ASLM2018 in Abuja, Nigeria 10-13 December 2018 (register here). In addition to posters and oral presentations highlighting key research, there will be a symposium on 11 December entitled “Combating Antimicrobial Resistance in Africa”, presented by Frank Koning (WHO) and Pascale Ondoa (ASLM). In addition, a special issue of the African Journal of Laboratory Medicine (AJLM) focused on AMR will be distributed during the conference.
ASLM is playing a significant role in the global effort to combat AMR, especially in the arena of laboratory-based AMR surveillance, antimicrobial susceptibility testing, and optimization of laboratory networks to address AMR. Learn how ASLM is supporting African nations in the AMR Global Action Plan in an article by Dr. Rosanna Peeling, Professor and Chair of Diagnostic Research and Director of the International Diagnostics Centre (IDC) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: Read the article here.