MRSAid™ Supports World MRSA Day – Get Active, Get Involved, Make A Difference!

The rapidly escalating human suffering and loss of life from MRSA in the United States and in other countries needs to be recognized and an immediate international response for prevention, awareness and education is imperative. – MRSA Survivors Network, Jeanine Thomas

World MRSA Day takes place this Saturday, October 1. The third annual world MRSA Day kickoff event and Global MRSA Summit will be held at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois.

October has been coined World MRSA Awareness Month in hopes that the title would generate substantial awareness on the global crisis.  Challenging the status of global inaction and educating the public on the current MRSA situation are the main objectives for the special date, and the theme for the year of 2011 is “The MRSA Epidemic: A Call to Action.”  Jeanine Thomas, the founder and president of MRSA Survivor’s Network created World MRSA day in 2009 and stands as its official organizer.  Another goal of World MRSA Day is to raise awareness about MRSA on a global scale, while reaching out to MRSA survivors, communities, governments, and healthcare professionals for their ability to educate others and prevent the spread of this superbug.

It is necessary to draw attention to the rising prevalence and serious implications of MRSA.  A study released this year shows the rise of MRSA infections in the U.S. from 2.9 million to 4.2 million throughout the period of 2009 – 2015.  Over the same time period, skin infection treatment days are slated to rise from 20 million to 30 million, with an annual toll of $9.5 billion for the U.S.  The number of deaths resulting from MRSA have now become greater than the deaths caused by HIV / AIDS per year in the United States. Despite these startling facts, there has been little discussion or significant acknowledgement from American health officials on the MRSA problem.

Moreover, gaining awareness of the MRSA issue at hand is absolutely necessary, as the disease and its spread are preventable.  The human suffering and death toll MRSA accounts for can be reduced severely by way of knowledge and application of preventative measures.  The World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations (UN), and Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) are being called upon to recognize MRSA and antibiotic resistance as a global crisis that needs to be monitored by institutional and health authorities.  A MRSA surveillance and reporting system must be developed by the WHO, UN, and CDC for nations worldwide to collect MRSA infection and colonization data so that it may be released and the magnitude of its presence can be known.  Active screening, detection and treatment protocols should be put into action for all healthcare institutions globally.

There are several ways for anyone to become educated and involved in preventing MRSA and its spread.  At the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, a live broadcast via web stream will follow MRSA experts, MRSA survivors, health experts, students, and community members at the Global Summit of World MRSA Day.  The MRSA Survivors Network has created non-profit public service announcements that will be aired on NBC Chicago stations and can alternatively be viewed on the MRSA Survivors Network’s YouTube channel in order to raise awareness.  In addition, there are downloadable posters, web banners, e-card, and a brochure on the World MRSA Day web site.   Further information on donations, volunteer work, or becoming an official sponsor, can be accessed by contacting the MRSA Survivors Network. Don’t forget to connect with the MRSA Survivors Network active on Facebook and Twitter.

Sources:

World MRSA Day. http://worldmrsaday.org/

PR Newswire United Business Media http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/world-mrsa-day-to-fight-for-global-action-and-awareness-127822778.html

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