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 improve participation and advocacy through ongoing programmes, mentorship, tools and resources

Promote Public Understanding

Promoting public understanding of 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.

Antimicrobials are different medicines that can be 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

Disability and AMR: My journey facing antibiotic resistance in South Africa

Patient survivor and advocate Vanessa Carter describes her battle to overcome antibiotic resistance following a vehicle
accident and extensive facial reconstruction in South Africa

I am a survivor: The devastation of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs)

Mary Millard describes her patient experience living with the devastating effects of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) including Multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa and acute septic shock

The battle inside my lungs: Living with cystic fibrosis and AMR

Ella Balasa is a living testament for the potential of novel therapies like phages that could be used to treat AMR in future. Read her courageous story about overcoming a drug-resistant infection as well as her ongoing daily battles

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Events

AMR Patient and Public Advocacy drives change

 

Advocacy plays a crucial role in increasing awareness about the escalating threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the pressing need to take measures to prevent it. It also serves to educate policymakers, healthcare professionals, and the general public about the significance of using antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs responsibly.

Such advocacy efforts can lead to changes in prescribing practices, improved infection prevention and control measures, and increased funding for research and development of new antibiotics. Furthermore, advocacy can aid in reducing the misuse of antibiotics in agriculture, 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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