Research programme targets antibiotic resistance

AGA Nanotech, a British company specialising in ‘nano’ and ‘micro’ technology, has announced it is the UK’s lead partner in an Anglo-Chinese research study to prevent antibiotic resistance in poultry. The study, which started in early February 2019, and is a 30-month intensive project, will engage researchers from AGA Nanotech (AGA) and Shanghai Veterinary Research Institute and a major Chinese poultry company, as well as other UK based bodies like the Scottish Rural University College and the Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL). A UK poultry company will also be joining the consortium.

The £1 million programme was established from a call from the Department of Health (UK) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (China), which were seeking innovative contributions to the problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and antibiotic resistance in animal husbandry. AGA and its partners will be working on a solution to reduce the use of antibiotics and eliminate antibiotic resistance in poultry, a global issue in the healthcare and food industries. The research will aim to replace antibiotics used in poultry with AGA’s antimicrobial technology, which is an alternative to conventional antibiotic agents. Adrian Fellows, R&D director at AGA said:

“Poultry meat is one of the most common sources of protein in the world, and it is consumed in all areas of the world, not just wealthy nations. “This research project has such potential, because we believe, if successful, we can deliver it at a price point where it can be used

in both developed and developing nations.” The Scottish Rural University College, AGA’s

partner institution, will conduct trials, which will also be mirrored in China. The researchers will be checking microorganisms and bacteria in chickens, while making sure that the treatment is holistically beneficial to the chickens and that they don’t show any adverse symptoms, or lose weight gain.

Antibiotic resistant bloodstream infections continue to rise in England, with an average

35% increase from 2013 to 2017. Adrian added, “If this research is a success, it will be possible to breed the required amount of animals without creating the health problems caused by the excessive use of antibiotics. It would eliminate or greatly reduce the use of antibiotics in poultry and help eliminate residues in farm lands, ensuring safety to poultry. Positive results of the project would be also transferable to preventing antibiotic resistance in pork.”

Advocacy day promoteshealthier hands for all

Skin health and surface hygiene experts are urging the healthcare industry to join them in backing the WHO’s annual ‘Save Lives: Clean Your Hands’ campaign. As a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Private Organizations for Patient Safety group, GOJO Industries-Europe is a strong supporter of the WHO’s annual ‘Save Lives: Clean Your Hands’ campaign and is encouraging everybody in the healthcare industry to get involved.

The worldwide advocacy day takes place on 5 May 2019. This year, the campaign highlights the importance that hand hygiene plays in the global movement to achieve universal health coverage (UHC), ie: securing better health and wellbeing for all people at all ages. Infection prevention and control, including hand hygiene, is critical to accomplish UHC, being a practical and evidence-based approach, with demonstrated impact on quality

of care and patient safety across all levels of the health system.

The annual campaign and advocacy day targets a cross-section of influencers in the global healthcare sector. This year’s calls to action are: l Health workers: “Champion clean care – it’s in your hands.”

l IPC leaders: “Monitor infection prevention and control standards – take action and improve practices.”

l Health facility leaders: “Is your facility up to WHO infection control and hand hygiene standards? Take part in the WHO survey 2019 and take action!”

l Ministries of health: “Does your country meet infection prevention and control standards? Monitor and act to achieve quality universal health coverage.”

l Patient advocacy groups: “Ask for clean care – it’s your right.”


SC Johnson Professional is raising awareness of the importance of skin health as part of its collaboration with The Royal College of Nursing’s (RCN) Glove Awareness Week. Throughout the campaign, SC Johnson Professional will be collaborating with The RCN to help promote correct glove use and hand hygiene compliance within the healthcare industry, and raise awareness of preventing, recognising and managing work-related dermatitis. As part of Glove Awareness Week, The

Royal College of Nursing will be hosting a one- day event on Thursday 2 May to challenge, celebrate and debate the use of gloves as part of the delivery of health and care in all settings. Free advocacy toolkits to support the WHO Save Lives: Clean Your Hands campaign are available on the WHO website: campaigns/clean-hands/en/ .”

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