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The Global Health Network and the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) establishing a framework for collaboration that can maximise the impact of shared antimicrobial resistance education, policy and advocacy efforts.

This collaboration brings together The Global Health Network’s AMR Knowledge Hub and the Global Antimicrobial Stewardship Partnership Hub (GASPH). The AMR Knowledge Hub is a free resource and global community of practice (CoP), open to all researchers, healthcare and laboratory teams in all organisations working in AMR research. GASPH is an open-access, global, AMR learning platform founded and run by BSAC for the global AMR community. Through supporting AMR research and stewardship globally both hubs are committed to tackling one of the biggest healthcare – and humanitarian – challenges we collectively face.

The aim is to incrementally grow the resources and activities of the two AMR hubs with their respective partners and collaborators, moving towards the vision articulated by Wernli D et al (Lancet ID 2020) of creating a unified, multi-stakeholder, open-access, global learning platform and community of practice for AMR.

BSAC is a professional society and global educator, connecting scientific researchers, medical communities and the wider public to stop the growing threat of drug-resistant infections.

The Global Health Network is a vast and trusted open knowledge community transferring know-how across disease areas, types of research and between organisations, networks and regions. The vision is to build equity in where health research happens, who leads and who benefits. The Global Health Network is a WHO collaborating centre for research information sharing, e-learning, and capacity development. Professor Trudie Lang, Director of The Global Health Network based at NDM, is leading The Global Health Network Team.

Tracey Guise, BSAC Chief Executive Officer said: ‘As one of the world’s leading infectious disease societies, we are delighted to collaborate with The Global Health Network. This MoU signals the enhancement of a partnership that will allow us to maximize the impact of our complementary activities and increase the global reach of our respective open-access global health learning platforms.’

Prof Trudie Lang, Director of The Global Health Network at the University of Oxford said: ‘There remains vast disparity across the globe regarding AMR research and who benefits from the evidence and new interventions. There is a vital need to improve access to high-quality, open-access learning resources, designed to meet the needs of the AMR research community in settings where they are needed most. This exciting collaboration with BSAC to amplify our collective efforts in addressing AMR across the world can help us get there.’