Friday, 25 May 2018 15:37

Celebrating Global Health Accomplishments

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Despite the name ”American” Society for Microbiology, ASM is a worldwide community with many programs aimed at improving global health. One of the most pressing global health issues is the spread of antimicrobial-resistant diseases. You can learn more about ongoing efforts at a panel of ASM and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) experts, which will kick off the ASM Studio at ASM Microbe 2018:


Disease + AMR surveillance in Global Health Programs

Friday, June 8, 2018 11:00 AM-11:30 AM

ASM Studio, ASM Booth, Exhibit and Poster Hall, Building B, Booth 1906

Register for ASM Microbe and join in the global health conversation!


2018.5.25 Global Health 1ASM Ambassadors are local leaders who work with ASM to foster collaboration and engagement with local institutions, and assist ASM in responding to the needs of their scientific communities. Source.

The panel will be held just after both ASM and the CDC have released reports highlighting their recent global health accomplishments. Global health is a complex problem requiring collaborations between local, national and international groups. ASM is happy to celebrate these recent accomplishments, which were achieved through the hard work of many collaborative efforts.


From the CDC, the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) highlights 2017 accomplishments:  

NCEZID Accomplishments 2017

  • A study launched to measure smallpox vaccine efficacy against the related disease monkeypox.
  • A cholera vaccine campaign to stop disease in Cameroon.
  • An update to foreign and domestic disease quarantine regulations.
  • A system to track Candida auriscases in the U.S. and control transmission.
  • A national antibiotic resistance reporting system in Vietnam.
  • Increased Cote d’Ivoire testing for HIV from 10 to 62 percent nationwide within 2 years.


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From ASM, the Global Impact Report highlights 2017-2018 accomplishments in 4 broad goal categories. These accomplishments represent collaborations with the CDC and national or local government agencies; global health solutions require many people working in unison!

ASM Global Impact Report 2017-2018

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 Biosafetyprogram.
  • 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. 


We'll be posting all the ASM Studio sessions on YouTube, so if you can't make it to ASM Microbe in Atlanta, visit our YouTube channel to view the recording later in June 2018. Be sure to check out the ASM Studio on Friday, Saturday and Sunday June 8-10 for more discussions across the microbial sciences.


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Last modified on Friday, 25 May 2018 16:08
Julie Wolf

Julie Wolf is the ASM Science Communications Specialist. She contributes to the ASM social media and blog network and hosts the Meet the Microbiologist podcast. She also runs workshops at ASM conferences to help scientists improve their own communication skills. Follow Julie on Twitter for more ASM and microbiology highlights at @JulieMarieWolf.

Julie earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, focusing on medical mycology and infectious disease. Outside of her work at ASM, she maintains a strong commitment to scientific education and teaches molecular biology at the community biolab, Genspace. She lives in beautiful New York City.