South East Asian Hub

The regional hub in Bangkok-Thailand focuses on the social dimensions of antimicrobial resistance.

Scope

The main objective of this hub is to develop collaborative research and engagement strategies to curb the spread of antimicrobial resistance, particularly but not limited to Southeast Asia.

Southeast-Asia has widespread inappropriate use of antimicrobials especially antibiotics in humans and in animals.  AMR affects disproportionately the poorest of societies. The Bangkok regional hub brings AMR researchers together to exchange ideas, to publish together, and to develop further collaborative research on AMR.

Aims

  1. To identify existing research gaps in AMR
  2. To create (or update) the AMR stakeholder map
  3. To co-create engagement strategies with AMR stakeholders and communities
  4. To co-create  context-specific solutions, relevant to local communities, with local communities to reduce the burden of AMR

The regional hub in Thailand organised its first meeting at Mahidol University in January 2020 bringing together social scientists from Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal, Indonesia, and Malaysia. The summary of the hub meeting, including insights in relevant activities and research questions to get social scientists connected and involved in the field of antibiotic use and resistance, can be found here. This meeting inspired a special issue on “Social Dimensions of Antibiotic Resistance in Asia – a One Health Perspective” in the journal Antibiotics guest-edited by a member of the Sonar-Global Network. The regional hub has also organized a symposium entitled “Social Dimensions of AMR” at the JITMM Virtual Conference, 15-16 December 2020.

We welcome researchers who are working on the social dimensions of AMR in Southeast Asia and beyond to join our hub.

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