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ASM Attends UN General Assembly

ASM President, Susan Sharp, Ph.D., joined global leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York today in a historical meeting to focus on the commitment to fight AMR.
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UN General Assembly Focuses on AMR

Leaders at the UN General Assembly draft a plan for coordinated, cross-cutting efforts to improve the current state of AMR.
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Superbugs are a 'Fundamental Threat'

If antibiotics were telephones, we would still be calling each other using clunky rotary dials and copper lines," Stefano Bertuzzi, CEO of ASM, told NBC News.
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ASM is working with CDC-Kenya and the Kenyan National Public Health Laboratories (NPHL) to establish a central microbiology laboratory at the NPHL to serve as a reference microbiology laboratory. This will strengthen the organizational structure of the NPHL to establish and offer clinical microbiology services to HIV/AIDS patients countrywide. The referral system envisaged for specimens and bacterial isolates for identification and speciation will operate through the provincial and district hospitals. Essential microbiological technologies will be selected for different levels of the national laboratories and appropriate equipment and reagents for such tests procured. A team comprised of an ASM Program Manager and two consultants traveled to Kenya in February 2007 to assess central, provincial, and district clinical microbiology laboratories. A third consultant accompanied the team to provide technical support for AFB smear microscopy, TB culture, and drug susceptibility testing. Kenya is interested in expanding their culture capacity with the BD MGIT 960 at multiple sites. In 2007-2008, ASM will begin implementation of the strategic plan for clinical microbiology services and address TB diagnostics as needed.

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