Last month Soapboxer Giorgia Gon attended a roundtable event at the London School of Hygiene and Medicine (LSHTM). The roundtable, hosted be SHARE and the LSHTM Antimicrobial Resistance Centre, focussed on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and anti-microbial resistance (AMR).
The event, attended by a number of stakeholders including WHO and WaterAid colleagues, prompted discussion about how improved WASH may contribute towards the reduction of AMR in two significant ways. Firstly, through preventing infectious diseases, and therefore reducing antibiotic use and misuse. Secondly, by reducing the spread of antimicrobial resistant bacteria through management of water, wastewater and sanitation in the environment.
Giorgia delivered a presentation on ‘Overcoming Resistance? The case for infection prevention and control (IPC)’, discussing IPC in maternity units and the link with WASH, healthcare associated infections and AMR. The key discussion points raised surrounded the topics of IPC and behavioural and environmental changes. We are looking forward to the important next steps in these discussions. Read more about the discussions and outputs here.