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Introduction

Circulated on behalf of the International Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (ISAC), the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APUA), the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) and ESCMID Study Group on Antibiotic Polices (ESAGP).

Background

National professional societies have many functions; ranging from educational activities to networking and socialising. The societies have become an important platform for cross-boundary exchanges of ideas and collaborations on a wide spectrum of topics. For example, In 2015, the WHO launched the "Global Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Action Plan", providing a framework for developing national AMR action plans, including key actions to be taken within a country over the next 5–10 years. Many national societies have been variably involved in formulating their country’s AMR action plan.
Unfortunately, some countries do not have a national society with members working in Clinical Microbiology, Infectious Diseases or Antimicrobial Prescribing and we believe would benefit from help and advice on their formation.

Purpose

The purpose of this survey is to:

  • establish the structure of national societies associated with ISAC and ESCMID;
  • acquire an understanding of the activities performed by each society, and;
  • determine if societies have played a role in a country’s national AMR action plans, whilst briefly describing their specific roles.

The information gathered will also help to identify basic requirements to establish new national societies.

Instructions

  • We ask each society to complete the survey only once.
  • The survey will take approximately 10 – 15 minutes to complete.
  • All participating societies will receive a copy of the anonymised report summarising the key findings of the survey.

Grateful if you, or a representative from your society, could complete the survey by 31 May 2024.

TAKE SURVEY

On behalf of Heiman Wertheim & Souha Kanj (ISAC and APUA)
Jeroen Schouten & Robert Skov (ESCMID and ESGAP)
Celine Pulcini (Lorraine University, France)