The Antimicrobial Resistance is a major public health concern. By 2050, Antimicrobial Resistance could become the first cause of death all over the world. The access to a good diagnosis of bacterial diseases is usually not available in low-resource settings. This leads to non-appropriate patient treatment and to the selection of resistant strains because of the non-rational use of broad spectrum antibiotics.
Death attributable to antimicrobial resistance every year by 2050 (source)
ASTapp is a free, offline application to help the non-expert staff in low resources setting laboratories across the world with the interpretation of antibiograms in their routinary lab activity. The app will perform the analysis of antibiogram pictures and provide advice for appropriate patient treatment. Finding quicker the appropriate antibiotic is trully a matter of life and death specially for paediatric cases. Improving data collection will also help fostering a better understanding of this global health threat
Who we are
The MSF Foundation is a Médecins Sans Frontières Association initiative. It initiates, funds and manages technology and innovation projects to improve care for patients. This project is leaded by Nada Malou --microbiologist advisor at MSF and Marco Pascucci --responsible for the development of the application.
MSF Foundation develops this project in partnership with Dr. Amin Madoui, research scientist at UMR 8030 Genoscope Metabolic Genomics, CEA/CNRS/Univ Evry, Pr. Christophe Ambroise at Laboratoire de Mathématiques et de Modélisation of Evry University, Dr. Guilhem Royer at Laboratoire de Bactériologie et d'Hygiène Hospitalière, CHU Henri Mondor (Créteil) and Pr. Jean-Philippe Vert at Google Brain.