Pint of Science
@Antibiotic Awareness Week
In November 2020 Pint of Science Thailand ran a special event for Antibiotic Awareness Week!
Supported by the World Health Organization, Antibiotic Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of our use of antibiotics not just in medicine, but in everyday life. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. AMR occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and no longer respond to medicines making infections harder to treat and increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death. As a result, the medicines become ineffective and infections persist in the body, increasing the risk of spread to others.
In this Pint of Science special event that coincides with the Thailand Antibiotic Awareness Week (AAW), we had three AMR experts to us about different aspects AMR in Thailand.
If you missed the event, don't worry! A recording of the event can be accessed here!
Hosted by Associate Professor Phaik Yeong Cheah and Dr Andrea Ruecker (Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, University of Oxford).
Video of the Pint of Science Thailand event for Antibiotic Awareness Week
What is your antibiotic footprint?
Direk Limmathurotsakul (MORU)
Associate Professor Direk Limmathurotsakul (MD, MSc, PhD) is the Head of Microbiology at the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit. Direk is a researcher and international expert on antimicrobial resistance. He and his team have extensive experience in engaging Thai and global communities with issues around AMR. He will talk about his flagship projects that include the Antibiotic Footprint (www.antibioticfootprint.net) and AMR Dictionary (www.amrdictionary.net), which is available online and in print and translated into multiple languages.
Thailand Antibiotic Awareness Week
Niyada Kiatying-Angsulee (Drug System Monitoring and Development Center, Chulalongkorn University)
Assistant Professor Niyada Kiatying-Angsulee (BPharm, MSc, PhD) is a member of the Expert Medicines Committee by Law at National Level, the National AMR Committee and is actively involved in the Thailand National Strategic Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance Thailand. She is also the Manager of Drug System Monitoring and Development Center at Chulalongkorn University. She was Director of Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute. Apart from Antimicrobial Resistance issues, Niyada is also working on medicine system and polices monitoring and advocating on access and rational use. She will talk about Thailand’s efforts in curbing antibiotic resistance through activities in the Thailand Antibiotic Awareness Week.
Antibiotics in the Meat Industry
Rattanasiri Kittikongnapang (Greenpeace)
Rattanasiri Kittikongnapang is the Food and Ecological Agriculture Campaigner of Greenpeace Thailand. Greenpeace is urging transition to a food production and consumption system that is based on respect for economic rights, social justice and ecological boundaries. Less meat, less heat. Better future. Greenpeace also leverages the question how industrial production and consumption systems interact with nature to build momentum for more resilient, healthy societies grounded in harmony with nature’s life support systems.