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Hosam Zowawi, Rolex Young Laureate, 2014

Hosam Zowawi, Rolex Young Laureate, 2014


GLOBAL MISUSE OF ANTIBIOTICS IS CREATING
HIGHLY RESISTANT STRAINS OF BACTERIA THE RISE OF THESE “SUPERBUGS” PRESENTS
A WORLDWIDE THREAT TO PUBLIC HEALTH I think I was raised as
a very curious individual. That, over time,
got translated into science. I directed that curiosity
towards a global issue. Despite the great advancement
in medicine and science that we have had since 2014, the process of how to identify
if bacteria are resistant to antibiotics takes up to 72 hours. A lot of physicians
cannot wait that long when they are dealing with
life-threatening situations, so they put the patient
on wide-spectrum antibiotics just hoping that antibiotics will work. We are developing technologies
that will reduce the time that’s spent to identify
the antibiotic-resistant bacteria from days to hours. We could tell exactly
what type of antibiotic will work with this infection
that this patient will have. Another part of my project
is to develop an educational campaign to raise awareness of the importance
of using antibiotics wisely. For years, a lot of people have been thinking
about antibiotics as magic drugs. People might think antibiotics could treat
cold and flu for example and this is completely wrong. My role is to tell them what they need to know
and what they can do. It’s time now to work collaboratively to save humankind from the threat
that antimicrobial resistance can pose. Hope is a very important element
in success, I believe. With hope,
alongside hard work and actions, we can make a difference. ANYONE CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING ROLEXAWARDS.COM


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