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.