Celebrating Global Health Accomplishments

May 25, 2018

Despite the name "American" Society for Microbiology, ASM is a worldwide community with many programs aimed at improving global health. ASM's Global Impact Report highlights 2017-2018 accomplishments in 4 broad categories. These accomplishments represent collaborations with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and national or local government agencies; global health solutions require many people working in unison!  

In 2017-2018, ASM conducted 49 workshops and trained more than 900 people, mostly in Africa and Asia.
In 2017-2018, ASM conducted 49 workshops and trained more than 900 people, mostly in Africa and Asia.

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Strengthening laboratory capacity

  • Established drug susceptibility testing and trained personnel in Mozambique.
  • Trained new lab personnel in Liberia after catastrophic Ebola outbreak.
  • Provided continuing education for 140 health care workers on zoonoses in India.
  • Improved quality control measures to improve diagnostics for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in Georgia.
  • Trained 16 local mentors working with 19 regional labs to combat cholera in Tanzania.

Improving human resource capacity

  • Introduced biorisk instruction and curriculum practices in Indonesia.
  • Trained 15 physicians in research publishing strategies in El Salvador.

Building strong surveillance networks

  • Developed an AMR Surveillance Plan with the Ethiopian Public Health Institute.
  • Established antimicrobial resistance surveillance techniques in Vietnam.

Applying biorisk management best practices

  • Surveyed lab infrastructure and security to find capacity gaps in Yemen.
  • Trained a cohort of Pakistani life scientists in the ASM 52 Weeks of Biosafety program.
  • Worked with Egyptian farmers and families to increase biosecurity practices at the local level.
  • Modified standard operating procedures (SOPs) to prepare sentinel labs for AMR surveillance. 

Want to learn more about Global Health?

Read how public health workers adapted biosafety practices to cultural norms in an Around the World blog post.


Author: Julie Wolf

Julie Wolf
Dr. Julie Wolf is in science communications at Indie Bio, and was a former ASM employee. Follow Julie on Twitter for more ASM and microbiology highlights at @JulieMarieWolf.