11 December 2017
Rapid diagnostic tests to reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics and contribute to objectives of Universal Health Care Coverage
Where: British Embassy Tokyo, 1 Ichibancho-, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Hosted by: British Embassy Tokyo, Nesta, Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting
In the 80 years since the discovery of penicillin, our overuse of antibiotics has allowed bacteria to evolve resistance, leading to the emergence of untreatable superbugs that threaten the basis of modern medicine. Effective and accurate point-of-care tests, such as those incentivised by the Longitude Prize, will form a vital part of the toolkit for stewardship of antibiotics and help preserve existing and future antibiotics. Better diagnosis of bacterial infections will enhance efforts to ensure universal health care.