The AMR Narrative

Who We Are

Founded by Vanessa Carter, a patient advocate who survived a highly-resistant MRSA infection, The AMR Narrative was set up to promote and develop advocacy capacity among the public to improve participation and mobilise action against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). As patients and consumers, pet owners, parents or carers we play a pivotal role in advocating for the appropriate use of antimicrobial medicines. By protecting antimicrobial medicines in humans, animals, the environment and food sectors we are ensuring a more sustainable future for everyone especially those who are most vulnerable to untreatable infections. 

Our Three Pillars

Develop Advocacy Capacity

Developing public and patient capacity around AMR to encourage participation and advocacy through ongoing programmes, mentorship, tools and resources

Promote Public Understanding

Promoting public understanding and education for Antimicrobial Resistance through access to information and awareness raising

Foster Global Community

Building community and providing a platform for patients and the public to participate in events related to AMR, discover research projects and networking opportunities  

What is Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)?

Microbes are part of nature and live all around us. Some of them even live harmoniously inside our bodies, but every now and again a bad one can cause us to get sick from an infection. Microbes include bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites.

Antimicrobial medicines are grouped according to the microbes they target. A well-known antimicrobial medicine for bacterial infections is called antibiotics. Since they were first discovered, antimicrobial medicines have been overused and misused in humans, animals and the environment which has led to microbes evolving to resist their effect. AMR affects anyone who relies on antimicrobials such as those with TB, AIDS/HIV, Malaria, Cancer, Rare Diseases and Diabetes as well as patients undergoing medical treatments that put them at risk of infection such as surgery, dentistry or treatment for a Urinary Tract Infection (Bladder Infection).

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Antibiotics

treat bacterial infections

Antivirals

treat viral infections

Antifungals

treat fungal infections

Antiparasitics

treat parasitic infections

Million Deaths per year since 2019
The GRAM paper published in the Lancet in 2022 reported a comprehensive analysis of the global impact of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) estimating resistance itself caused 1.27 million deaths in 2019, and that antimicrobial-resistant infections played a role in 4.95 million deaths.

Narratives matter

Living with Sickle Cell Disorder and the consequences of AMR

My Story: David Owoeye My name is David Owoeye, originally from Nigeria. I am a sickle cell warrior, advocate, author, and medical doctor working in Jazan (Saudi Arabia) as a General Practitioner (GP) but specialised in Infection Prevention and Control. Sickle cell disorder is an inherited chronic blood disorder that can be acquired by birth

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Patient and public advocacy helps to promote change

Advocacy plays a crucial role towards increasing awareness about the escalating threat of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and the pressing need to take measures to prevent it. Advocacy also serves to educate policymakers, healthcare professionals, and the general public about the significance of using antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines responsibly. Raising our voices and creating awareness may also help to promote changes in prescribing practices, improved infection prevention and control measures, and increased funding for research and development. Furthermore, advocacy can encourage discussions around reducing the misuse of antimicrobials in food, animals, and the environment which is a significant contributor to the problem of AMR.

Organisations and events our AMR advocates have shared their narratives at or worked with: 

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