ESCMID wins the APUA award 2011

18 September 2011
Voluntary organisations help create global shield against antibiotic resistance.
Antimicrobial resistance is one of the top three global health threats to mankind.
To spur global action,
the Alliance for Prudent Use
of Antibiotics APUA is today presenting the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) and its President, Professor Giuseppe Cornaglia, with
its 2011 Leadership Award
at its 30th anniversary reception at the International Congress
for Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy ICAAC. The award recognises ESCMID's sustained leadership in establishing expert study groups
and building antibiotic resistance awareness and surveillance programs through new partnerships and scientific projects, many involving local
APUA chapters in Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Venezuela, Argentina
and other countries.

“Antimicrobial resistance is casting an ever-growing shadow over the public health community,” said Professor Cornaglia.  “Last year, drug-resistant bacterial infections killed an estimated 25,000 people in Europe alone.”  In the US, resistant infections cost the healthcare system over $20 billion dollars annually and added more than 8 million extra hospital days each year, according
to a recent APUA sponsored study, notes Dr Stuart Levy, APUA President
and Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.

In presenting the award Dr Levy said, “The influence of its transnational initiatives clearly demonstrates ESCMID’s leadership and catalysing force
for the local chapters of APUA in Europe. Professor Giuseppe Cornaglia
has provided vision and commitment to strengthen these efforts
over a number of years”.

According to Dr Levy, “The lack of binding global governmental authority requires expansion of local and regional voluntary efforts to contain antibiotic resistance and complement governmental programs”. As an example of local action
in resource poor countries, APUA is presenting its country chapter leadership award to APUA Nepal and its President, Dr. Kumud. K. Kafle for establishing multi-hospital surveillance programs and national antibiotic guidelines. APUA-Nepal is one of 67 country chapters in the APUA global network
which extends to over 33 resource- poor countries. 


For more information download the complete press release.

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