Bris­tol to work on bac­te­rial re­sis­tance in Thai­land

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UK Re­search Coun­cils and the De­part­ment of Health in the UK have awarded a grant to the Uni­ver­sity of Bris­tol to lead an in­ter-dis­ci­plinary re­search project to tackle the grow­ing threat of an­tibac­te­rial drug re­sis­tance (ABR) in Thai­land. Like many coun­tries, Thai­land is cur­rently fac­ing a ma­jor health threat due to the high preva­lence of ABR in dis­ease-caus­ing bac­te­ria found in hu­mans, an­i­mals and the en­vi­ron­ment. In re­sponse to the threat of ABR, the Thai Gov­ern­ment has in­sti­gated its Na­tional Strate­gic Plan on An­timi­cro­bial Re­sis­tance (2017-2022). The aim is to im­prove na­tional sur­veil­lance for ABR bac­te­ria to quan­tify the prob­lem, and in­cludes ini­tia­tives to re­duce the rate of in­fec­tions and the us­age of an­tibi­otics, which are known to select for ABR bac­te­ria. The Uni­ver­sity of Bris­tol led project will en­hance work al­ready on­go­ing in Thai­land to un­der­stand the driv­ers of ABR and be­hav­iours around an­tibi­otic use. At the out­set, the project will in­volve a series of work­shops in Thai­land to share knowl­edge amongst Thai and UK ABR ex­perts, to bring to­gether a group of early ca­reer aca­demics, and to col­lec­tively de­velop a re­search pro­gramme that will con­sider the re­lated pa­ram­e­ters.

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