JOIN THE PUBLIC TWITTER CHAT
Join us for a 60-minute Twitter chat with our panel experts. All stakeholders locally and globally are welcome. The public transcript will be recorded by Symplur.
T1: What gaps do you think South Africa needs to tackle to combat Antibiotic Resistance?
T2: What role can the public play towards combatting Antibiotic Resistance in South Africa?
T3: What can healthcare professionals do to play a role in tackling Antibiotic Resistance for South Africa?
T4: Do you think technology could make a difference toward Antibiotic Resistance in South Africa?
CT: (Closing Thoughts): Is there anything you feel is important to add to this conversation?
Start your answers with T1, T2, T3, T4 or CT for transcript purposes.
Answer only after the moderator prompts. Questions will be prompted every 10 minutes, but keep answers coming using the relevant T and number. Both panel experts and public attendees are encouraged to participate.
Use the #ProtectAntibioticsZA hashtag in all tweets so you are visible to others in the chat.
Can technology play a role in improving Antibiotic Resistance for South Africa?
HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have claimed too many South African lives. Today, defeating these diseases is a national priority, with the mission of the latest National Strategic Plan to get our country on track to eliminate them as public health threats by the year 2030. But what happens when the treatments we use to fight them no longer work?
This is a reality for many people who are already living with drug-resistant strains of many common infections. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi evolve and become able to survive in the face of drugs designed to cure or prevent the infections they cause.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that an estimated 19,000 people in South Africa were estimated to have developed drug-resistant TB in 2016. Indeed, multi-drug resistant TB is South Africa’s biggest AMR problem – one caused by multiple factors, including inadequate diagnostic coverage, medicine stockouts, and patient adherence challenges. 
In this Twitter chat during the World Antibiotic Awareness Week, we bring together various stakeholders working in Antimicrobial Resistance to focus on closing gaps in Africa. Everyone is welcome to join globally. Our transcript will be recorded using the hashtag #ProtectAntibioticsZA on www.symplur.com.
Healthcare social media hashtags and global communities related to Antibiotic Resistance:
#AntibioticResistance #AntimicrobialResistance #OneHealth #InfectionControl #WAAW19
LIST OF PANEL GUESTS
ANTIBIOTIC RESEARCH UK
TB HIV CARE