Global Impact Report 2017-2018
American Society for Microbiology
Message from Our CEO
The microbial sciences are experiencing a renaissance; new technologies, rapid diagnostics, and the availability of a bounty of data gathered from this microcosm tell us what major impact microbes have on all forms of life on Earth, and indicate paths for harnessing the power of “good microbes” and defeating the “perilous ones” that can wreak havoc in human and animal populations. Today nearly 60 percent of all infectious diseases are zoonotic, transferred from animal to human. Our human world is more interconnected than ever, and so is our microbial world; what happens in the environments in remote areas of the world can often spell the telltale signs of the next major outbreak, wherever we happen to live, because microbes are unimpeded by the construct of human borders.
Stefano Bertuzzi, Ph.D.
CEO, American Society for Microbiology
What we do
We strengthen laboratory capacity in remote, under-served areas, and work with local staff to help their facilities meet international standards. Laboratorians utilize international best practices and can provide quick, accurate diagnoses that help prevent the spread of infectious diseases in their communities. These diagnoses are vital to informing and empowering both healthcare providers and patients on appropriate treatment and management of diseases.
Our global network of experts enables us to deliver training on best practices in testing, diagnosis, and communicating results. Laboratorians understand international best practices and can provide quick, accurate diagnoses that help prevent the spread of infectious diseases in their communities. Patients are empowered to seek diagnoses through safe, affordable laboratory services in their areas.
We develop sentinel laboratories and contribute to the drafting of national action plans to help governments combat antimicrobial resistance and other pressing public health problems. Clinicians and governments are better able to understand, track, and stop the spread of dangerous pathogens with well-defined strategies and plans.
We deliver biorisk management trainings based on international standards, while seeking cost effective solutions in resource-limited settings. Local biorisk management leaders are empowered to prevent both the accidental and deliberate release of high risk pathogens. By building individual skills and positive behavioral changes, these leaders are able to make lasting change at their institutions and beyond.
Where We Are
In 2017-2018, ASM implemented programs in 109 countries, focusing on health systems strengthening through workforce development and the establishment of quality management and biorisk management systems.
Our Ambassadors are local leaders who work with ASM to foster collaboration and engagement with local institutions, and assist ASM in responding to the needs of their scientific communities.