Antibiotic Resistance: Where are the prevention opportunities?
Special issue from Global Health Action
Background to the special issue
While antibiotics are probably one of the most successful therapies in the history of medicine, over-use and inappropriate prescribing now threaten to effectively take us back into the pre-antibiotic era. We also risk rolling back important achievements of modern medicine, such as surgery with low risk of infection. The spread of resistance is being facilitated by increased global movement of people and food, as well as poor hygiene in hospitals.
With no novel classes of antibiotics in sight, partly because the pharmaceutical industry perceives low returns on investment, windows of opportunity for prevention must be identified urgently. Therefore, we need to increase awareness of antibiotic misuse, develop standard treatment guidelines for practitioners in different settings, restrict the availability of antibiotics and enforcing regulatory frameworks, while also supporting the development and assessment of the evidence-base for alternative strategies.
The critical importance of global action on antibiotic resistance is underscored by the fact that Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General at the World Health Organization (WHO), has made the topic one of WHO's key priorities under a newly appointed Assistant Director General, and this strong commitment is evident in his foreword to this Special Issue of Global Health Action:
"Preventing the extraordinary human, social, economic, and environmental costs of AMR requires significant investments in research, as well as sustained technical, societal and political action at the highest levels of global leadership. I therefore welcome this special issue devoted to the prevention of AMR. Sharing best practices and evidence-informed approaches to AMR control is critical to turn back the tide of this global public health crisis."
- Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General at the World Health Organization (WHO)
We welcome documented international, national, and local approaches for the control and prevention of antibiotic resistance. We acknowledge the potential of a One Health approach addressing human, animal, as well as environmental domains in this endeavour.
We welcome different types of contributions: empirical research, theoretical papers, methodological articles, commentaries reflecting on action, and systematic reviews. We invite papers with qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodologies. Please check the Types of Articles section in the Journal for an overview of the diversity of papers that Global Health Action publishes and our Instructions for Authors.
Please submit your manuscripts using our online submission system. In the 'Additional Information' section of the submission form, under 'Title of the Special Issue', select "Antibiotic Resistance".
This call for papers is open until 30th June 2020: manuscripts will be published as soon as they are accepted. We look forward to receiving contributions.