Antimicrobial resistance is a growing threat facing society, with the over-reliance on antibiotics a major contributor driving resistance in both humans and animals. In recognition of this global challenge, the Newton Fund AMR-China Partnership Initiative was found. Supported by MRC, BBSRC, ESRC and the National Natural Science Foundation of China, this global collaborative research initiative aims to help tackle the problem.
Very little is known about the use of antibiotics in rural environments in China, including what influences healthcare practitioners to prescribe or dispense antibiotics without the resources needed to assess the specific type of bacteria causing the problem. A pioneering pilot project, led by the University of Bristol hopes to build on research to develop an interdisciplinary solution to find appropriate strategies to optimise antibiotic use in China.
“Although most countries are developing national action plans to tackle AMR, there's been very little opportunity to understand how we can tailor interventions to make them appropriate for the particular context. We hope the knowledge gained will be relevant to tackling the problem of AMR in local settings in China, but also for the UK in terms of learning how to understand a wide range of parameters when working in a very different kind of environment”. Dr Helen Lambert, University of Bristol.