Celebrating Global Health Accomplishments
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!
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.
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