Video: MSF uses artificial intelligence to treat patients and combat antibiotic resistance

Antibiogo is a mobile application which aims to combat the spread of antimicrobial resistance and guarantee equal access to correct diagnosis all over the world

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Deaths due to resistant bacteria in 2020

700,000 per year

Décès dus à des bactéries résistantes d'ici 2050

10 millions par an
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Février 2021

In the context of the publication in the journal Nature Communications, the MSF Foundation and MSF issued a press release calling on all partners involved in the fight against antibiotic resistance to collaborate in order to make this application available to the greatest number of laboratories in resource-limited countries. This press release led to several articles, including one on the What's up Doc? website.

February 2021

This Friday, February 19, the Antibiogo Project took on a new dimension. The results demonstrating the technical feasibility of the application were published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications. This new step will allow Antibiogo to be made available free of charge to a large number of laboratories in countries with limited resources to fight against antibiotic resistance.

September 2020

After the first two phases of testing under the name ASTapp, the application used to fight antibiotic resistance developed by The MSF Foundation takes the final name of Antibiogo. It is under this name that Antibiogo started its third and final evaluation phase in order to test all facets of the application.

August 2020

August 2020 was marked by the recruitment of Louis Laroche as Product Manager of the application. This arrival within the Foundation will make it possible to structure the ASTapp project and to perpetuate it over time.

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This project aims to combat the spread of antimicrobial resistance and guarantee equal access to correct diagnosis all over the world.

As the World Health Organisation has declared, antimicrobial resistance is a major public health concern. Access to correct diagnosis of bacterial diseases is not generally available in low-resource settings. This leads to inappropriate treatment of the patient and to the selection of resistant strains due to non-rational use of broad-spectrum antibiotics.

Astapp

 

 

Antibiogo is a free, offline and opensource (non-expert system) smartphone application that helps the laboratory technician to measure the inhibition diameters found on antibiograms and to interpret the results of this antibiogram which, originally, require an expert in microbiology. The idea of Antibiogo is not to replace microbiologists but to give the necessary analysis support in countries where there is no access to these highly qualified resources. This application works thanks to a mix of different technologies, including image analysis and artificial intelligence, which will allow, on our intervention sites but also beyond MSF projects, the implementation of quality bacteriology laboratories even in the absence of a microbiologist expert and in difficult contexts.

 

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The team

//  Nada Malou

Microbiologist

Microbiologist referee at MSF, Nada holds a doctorate in microbiology and is a specialist in infectious and tropical diseases.
She has been working since 2012 at MSF where she has set up the five MSF France bacteriology laboratories. She makes sure that the Antibiogo project meets the technical needs encountered on MSF sites.

 

Nada Malou

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//  Louis Laroche

Product Manager

As Product Manager, Louis Laroche coordinates the various steps in the development of the application, from hierarchical structuring of the different functions to management of the technical implementation. He is also responsible for evaluating the conditions for open-source distribution of the application.

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Keywords
//  Antibiotic
Antibiotics are medicinal products serving to combat infections caused by bacteria. They have no effect on viruses or fungi.
//  Antibiotic resistance
Antibiotic resistance is the capacity of a bacterium to resist the effects of antibiotics.
Bacteria can be resistant to one or more antibiotics; we then speak of multiresistant bacteria (MRB).
Massive and inappropriate use of antibiotics worldwide is leading to a considerable increase in antibiotic resistance phenomena.
//  Antibiogram
An antibiogram is a laboratory technique aiming to test the sensitivity of a bacterium to one or more antibiotics, by placing a bacteria culture in the presence of antibiotic pellets and then observing the consequences for the development and survival of the bacteria.
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