Supermoms Against Superbugs

A group of advocates from across the country who are concerned about the problem of antibiotic resistance

Supermoms Against Superbugs
Antibiotic resistance
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Antibiotic-resistant infections sicken at least 2 million Americans every year and kill 23,000—a conservative estimate by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Supermoms Against Superbugs is a movement of mothers, fathers, doctors, and farmers who are working to ensure the responsible use of antibiotics in veterinary and human medicine, spur a robust pipeline of new drugs, and increase funding across the federal government to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. 

The more frequently antibiotics are used in animal and human medicine, the less effective they become. The good news is that advocates such as the supermoms can do something about this: They can promote policies to develop new antibiotics and encourage stewardship of the drugs that we have across all settings.

Many of our supermoms have experienced the consequences of antibiotic resistance in a very personal way. Pew hosts advocacy events in Washington, DC, where Supermoms Against Superbugs members travel from across the country to meet with policymakers and share their experiences with antibiotic resistance and stewardship. The supermoms also advocate throughout the United States in their communities.

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Supermoms Against Superbugs: Meet the Movement

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A Superbug Survivor Shares His Struggle

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"I was part of the good outcome. There are far too many that are on the opposite end and lose their battle, their fight with their antibiotic-resistant infection," says Chris, whose life-threating infection stemmed from a basketball injury. 

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Army Vet's Battle with Antibiotic Resistance

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In this video, Joyce and Chris Romm share the story of their son, Carl.  A slew of antibiotics, they explain, failed to treat his recurring illnesses after he came home from serving in the Army. 

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A Doctor Faces Antibiotic Resistance

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It's been more than 30 years since a new type of antibiotic has been made available to patients. Dr. Shannon Ross has experienced the consequences first-hand.

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Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Explained

Where superbugs come from and what can be done to combat them

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Where superbugs come from and what can be done to combat them. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria pose an urgent and growing public health threat.