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Acivities and highlights of the Semmelweis Foundation 2016

Dear friends of Semmelweis, 2016 was a very active year for the Semmelweis Foundation. After having evaluated all the positive and inspiring feedback of the conference in 2015, this year was a year of moving forward the Semmelweis web platform. It was restructured, and our journalist has increased her activities in interviewing interesting experts and […]

Antibiotics - Handle with care

“Antibiotics are not a magic drug!”

Health care workers (HCW) play a vital role in preventing the spread of AMR (antimicrobial resistance).  In the course of this years’ Antibiotic Awareness Week (Nov. 14-20), WHO Europe has interviewed HCW from across the European Region about their experiences with antibiotic resistance and how they are working to stop it. The Semmelweis Foundation is […]

Dr. Britta Lassmann

Alert system ProMED: often times quicker than other well-known reporting systems

The alert system ProMED reports quickly on outbreaks of emerging diseases around the globe – often times quicker than other well-known reporting systems. This can be explained by two main reasons: Informal reports on outbreaks can be made through a secure platform, and a worldwide staff of so-called subject matter experts is communicating on real-time […]

Dr. Micael Bell

AMR: Ambitious initiatives of the U.S. government

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year at least two million illnesses and 23.000 deaths are caused by drug-resistant bacteria in the United States. What are the main initiatives of the U.S. government to combat the phenomenon of antibiotic resistance, and what are the next steps for 2016? We asked […]

Dr. Lloyd Czaplewski

Alternatives to antibiotics – a pipeline portfolio review

In the recently published study “Alternatives to antibiotics – a pipeline portfolio review” (The Lancet, 12 January 2016) the scientists demonstrate the ten most promising so called “non-compound approaches”. What must be done to develop these “A2A-s”? We asked co-author Dr. Lloyd Czaplewski, Director at Chemical Biology Ventures Limited, UK. Dr. Czaplewski, the study gives […]

Hermann Gröhe

10-point plan: German health minister has declared war on nosocomial infections

In Germany each year about 10.000 to 15.000 people die because of nosocomial infections. With a 10-point programme the German Federal Minister of Health, Hermann Gröhe, wants to reduce this number dramatically. At the top of the priority list is the mandatory reporting of nosocomial infections. The ÖGKH (Austrian Society for Hospital Hygiene) welcomes the […]