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18 October 2016

Dear colleagues,

The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics analysed an EMA report on sales of veterinary antibiotics, which showed that despite lower sales antibiotic overuse continues across farms in Europe. You may read the alliance's press release, which outlines that at current reduction rates it would take 65 years to reach the targets set by the UK’s AMR Review.

Best regards, your ESCMID communications editors


Parity Commission study: Inequality dynamics among CM & ID specialists

ESCMID’s Parity Commission explored the social, cultural, psychological, and organizational factors associated with inequality in the workplace among clinical microbiologists (CM) and infectious disease (ID) specialists at European hospitals. The study shows that discrimination occurs at all institutions in all the countries, though it is generally not explicit and uses disrespectful micro-behaviours that are hard to respond to when they occur. Inequality for example affects loans, distribution of research funds and gender and country representation in boards and conference faculty. Parenthood has a major impact on women’s careers, as women are still mainly responsible for family care. Responses to discrimination range from reactive to surrender strategies. The authors present an effective model for diagnosing discriminatory behaviours in a medical professional setting. The identification of inequality drivers may help national ID/CM societies to further reduce discrimination.

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ESCMID supports post-Ebola project at hospital in Sierra Leone

The society agreed to facilitate the reopening of the St. John of God Hospital in Lunsar, Sierra Leone, which was closed down during the Ebola outbreak. Sierra Leone was one of the countries heavily affected by the epidemic. The hospital was not operational after the infection caused numerous casualties among health workers including doctors and nurses. With ESCMID’s funding the Spanish non-profit organization Fundación Juan Ciudad ONGD that manages the hospital was able to send a tropical disease specialist who trained new staff in infectious disease management. Read more about the project in Spanish on the foundation’s website. [Picture: Patrick Kuruma, General Director of St. John of God Hospital with Rogelio López-Vélez]

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Abstract submission and registration is open for ECCMID 2017

Check out our scientific programme for ECCMID from 22 – 25 April 2017 in Vienna. Until 26 January 2017 you may benefit from early-bird registration fees, which will include public transport in the city of Vienna. Until 30 November you will be able to submit your abstracts and apply for a travel grant to attend the congress. 

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