Prime employer BD's efforts in combatting antimicrobial resistance are recognised via Fortune's Change the World List

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Top employer BD named on Fortune’s Change the World List

Top employer BD named on Fortune’s Change the World List

Celebrations are in store for prime employer, BD, as the company is included on Fortune's Change the World List.

BD tweeted: "BD is proud to be named to Fortune’s 2019 #ChangeTheWorld List; recognizing our efforts in combatting #antimicrobialresistance (AMR)."

Recognized for amazing work in antimicrobial resistance

Fortune identified the top U.S. companies that are making a positive impact through initiatives that address societal needs while also driving business objectives. For the third time in five years, BD has been named to the list. Previously, the company was selected for advancing safety for health workers; and for its global health programs and impact in areas including childhood immunization safety, strengthening laboratory systems and innovation to reduce maternal and newborn mortality. This time, the company has been recognized for its significant global efforts and investments to combat antimicrobial resistance.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when drugs which are commonly used to treat infections, stop working because the organism becomes resistant to the drug. AMR is projected to result in 10 million deaths by the year 2050, making it among the leading causes of death.

To slow the spread of antimicrobial resistance, a multifaceted approach to AMR is needed. Appropriate use of medical technology can help to reduce spread of infections in health care facilities, while diagnostic testing can enable the cause of infections to be more precisely identified.

BD has a company-wide AMR strategy team which is comprised of 40 employees from across the company’s businesses, countries and corporate functions. This team helps to align and execute the various components of the company’s AMR strategy, as follows:

Offering training programs centered around products and solutions 

BD offers training programs for customers centered around its products and solutions that are often used in environments where health care associated infections (HAIs) are common. In addition to deploying these programs at an individual health facility level, BD has worked in collaboration with national governments in multiple countries, including the U.S., China, Kenya, Cambodia and India, via public-private partnerships to improve infection prevention and control capabilities in hospitals.

Driving diagnostic testing

Diagnostics play a key role in identifying the type of infection and whether it is resistant to antibiotics. This helps ensure the right drug is prescribed and that antibiotics are not prescribed for infections where they are inappropriate or unnecessary, such as viral infections.

BD has partnered with the U.S. Department of State, U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. CDC to advance the capacity and capabilities of labs in Africa and India to diagnose infectious disease. The program, Labs for Life, has been acclaimed as being among the most successful public-private partnerships, and includes improving the diagnosis of the resistant form of tuberculosis (TB), which is presently associated with approximately one-third of the 700,000 annual deaths presently attributed to AMR worldwide.

BD is also engaged in a partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to strengthen lab testing capacity for TB. Additionally, BD is partnered with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to develop a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on AMR and diagnostics. 

A focus on surveillance and reporting

Surveillance tools can help identify patients at greatest risk of contracting a resistant infection by incorporating information from a variety of sources as part of routine care. By providing hospitals with surveillance tools, BD helps clinicians identify and report healthcare associated infections, and assess AMR risks within their facilities.

Engaging with countries around the world

BD is engaging directly with countries around the world to support infection prevention and control programs in hospitals and to advance laboratory practices, tailoring its approach to the stage of development of each country and the level of sophistication among hospitals in being able to combat AMR.

BD has engaged in extensive cross-sector collaboration with leading health agencies, foundations and other organizations around the world, underpinned by common motives and goals.

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