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In honor of International Infection Prevention Week, which runs from October 13-19, 2019 our people at Ondine will be sharing our personal thoughts regarding infection prevention and why we are passionate about what we do. This international event happens once a year but the education and awareness this program provides is critical to controlling infections and saving ourselves from the global crisis of anti-microbial resistance.

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology spearheads the annual event, which was created by the former U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1986.

Antimicrobial Resistance – A tragedy of the commons.

Most people in the developed nations would be surprised to learn that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) tends to be much higher in the developing part of the world.  Most people think that antimicrobial resistance is only a rich nation problem.  Unfortunately, this is not the case, AMR is truly a global crisis. The true extent of the antimicrobial resistance crisis, however, is not known or understood. We must consider the global abuse of our antimicrobial assets as a “tragedy of the commons” not unlike over-fishing and water pollution. We need to do a much better job socializing the impact of antimicrobial resistance and promoting the need for solutions to this evolving man-made reality.

Multi-drug resistance is a threat to humanity on par with the global climate change crisis and yet receives little, if any attention, in our political arenas.  Despite the loud and persistence cries from the scientific and medical communities since the 1980’s, the responses by our societies, industries and governments are woefully inadequate and likely far too late. Why are there no erstwhile young Swedish girls sounding the alarm for the health and longevity of our future generations? Why are we not having any global marches on this very important issue?

Carolyn Cross, CEO/Chairman of Ondine Biomedical. Passionate Resistance Fighter.

Important articles:

https://aricjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13756-017-0208-x

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6188119/