Wesley : Cycling 4 Science

drug-resistance

Wesley is currently “Cycling 4 Science” and we met in Lusaka (Zambia). He is cycling from Nairobi (Kenya) to Cap Town (South Africa), visiting Universities and research sites along the 7’500 km trip.

You can read more about Wesley and his action during his trip, or about Antibiotic Resistance and what we can do – visit his site @ http://www.cycling4science.org/.

While not in a very usual way, he is creating a great impact, spreading awareness about Antibiotic Resistance (#AntibioticAction) and highlighting the Science done in Africa as well as encouraging/promoting more Science here.

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Wesley, ready to leave Lusaka, cycling to raise awareness for #AntibioticAction

This is even more topical to talk about his action today as yesterday, the UN met on the very topic of antimicrobial resistance -While 193 countries signed a declaration on fighting antimicrobial resistance, Wesley is taking action on the ground. And reading about it on his blog is somehow more interesting than on the WHO website 🙂

Still… read the summary from WHO on the UN meeting below (http://www.who.int/antimicrobial-resistance/events/UNGA-meeting-amr-sept2016/en/)

United Nations high-level meeting on antimicrobial resistance // Antimicrobial resistance summit to shape the international agenda

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has become one of the biggest threats to global health and endangers other major priorities, such as human development. All around the world, many common infections are becoming resistant to the antimicrobial medicines used to treat them, resulting in longer illnesses and more deaths. At the same time, not enough new antimicrobial drugs, especially antibiotics, are being developed to replace older and increasingly ineffective ones.

Global leaders will meet at the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2016 to commit to fighting antimicrobial resistance together. This is only the fourth time in the history of the UN that a health topic is discussed at the General Assembly (HIV, noncommunicable diseases, and Ebola were the others). Heads of State and Heads of Delegations are expected to address the seriousness and scope of the situation and to agree on sustainable, multisectoral approaches to addressing antimicrobial resistance.

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