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Fighting antibiotic resistance

This project aims to fight the spread of antimicrobial resistance and grant equal access to proper diagnosis all over the world.

As stated by the World Health Organization (WHO AMR review), Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is a major public health concern.

The access to a good diagnosis of bacterial deseases is usually not available in low-resource settings (LRS). This leads to non appropriate patient treatment and to the selection of resistant strains because of the non rational use of broad spectrum antibiotics.

Antibiograms are an easy-to-implement test for detecting bacteria resistances to antibiotics

The raw result of an antibiogram needs to be interpreted by a microbiologist, and microbiologists are a rare in in low resource settings.

ASTapp is a free, offline smartphone application to help the non-expert staff in LRS with the interpretation of antibiograms in their routinary lab activity. 
It will perform the analysis of antibiogram pictures and provide advice for appropriate patient treatment.

A major public health concern
In 50 years, Antimicrobial Resistance could become the first cause of death all over the world.

Global action plan on antimicrobial resistance
4 actions identified by the World Health organization (WHO) : To improve awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance / To strengthen knowledge through surveillance and research / To reduce the incidence of infection / To optimize the use of antimicrobial agents

Educationnal vocation
This project has an educational vocation : throughout the automated antibiogram interpretation, it will explain its choices to the user and teach him how to avoid mistakes.

The team


Nada Malou

Microbiologist Advisor

Microbiologist Advisor at MSF, Nada has a PhD in Microbiology and she is specialized in infectious and tropical diseases. 
She has been working at MSF since 2012. It has set up the 5 bacteriology laboratories of MSF France. It ensures that the project meets the technical needs encountered on MSF sites.


Marco Pascucci

Responsible for the development of the application

Marco Pascucci (PhD in physics, MS in computing systems) is in charge of the application development.