The overuse of antibiotics was highlighted this week by the World Health Organization’s Antibiotic Awareness Week ‘Handle with Care’ campaign. The Lancet looked at the use of vaccination to reduce antibiotic resistance and mathematically modelled the impact that vaccination could have on this rising global health threat.
The Lancet also praised the increasing political commitment to tackle TB, one of the top causes of death due to antimicrobial-resistant infections. The newly appointed executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria spoke about his goal to see the “elimination of the three diseases as epidemics by 2030.”
The Reaching the Last Mile Summit in Abu Dhabi brought experts together to discuss disease elimination. Gates announced a partnership with John Hopkins to share lessons learned from polio eradication, and RESULTS published a report looking at the challenges and opportunities for routine vaccination as the last stage of polio eradication begins. PATH’s Defeat DD project published a report on the state of diarrhea prevention in time for World Toilet Day, while Gavi CEO Seth Berkley discussed the need for innovation to reach every child with life-saving vaccines.
Finally, Saudi Arabia was urged by multiple UN agencies to lift their blockade on Yemen’s ports, and allow urgent supplies, including vaccines, to enter the country. This follows UNICEF’s warning earlier in the week that Yemen is set to rut out of fuel and vaccines in a month.