Do Something About Antibiotics! This #GivingTuesday, the Small World Initiative is raising vital funds needed for us to do something about antibiotics. These funds will help us invest in student scientists, bring our program to under-resourced schools, and establish our chemical hub to advance student discoveries into the drug development pipeline.
All November, the Small World Initiative is teaming up with The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) to do some about the antibiotic crisis in recognition of the CDC’s 9th Annual Get Smart About Antibiotics Week. This coincides with global activities from the World Health Organization and European Union.
The antibiotic crisis is the most important global health threat we face today. Just in September, the United Nations called it “the greatest and most urgent global risk.” What is this crisis? Existing antibiotics are no longer able to treat a growing number of diseases, known as antibiotic-resistant infections or superbugs. In the US alone, superbugs infect more than 2 million people and kill 23,000 annually, and the CDC just announced that more than 800,000 Americans may soon be at risk of acquiring untreatable gonorrhea each year. If we don’t act, superbugs will kill 10 million people annually by 2050 – more than cancer and diabetes combined.
The Small World Initiative is taking action on the antibiotic crisis by inspiring the next generation of scientists, changing behaviors related to antibiotic resistance, and transforming drug discovery. Our educational model uses the collaborative efforts of many student researchers hunting for new antibiotics in soil samples. To date, we have impacted more than 8,000 students in 35 US states, Puerto Rico, and 12 countries.
Every donation made to the Small World Initiative, up to $5,000, will be matched, dollar for dollar by one very generous donor. Also, many employers have established programs to match employee giving. Check with your employer to see if you can double your impact.
Choose to donate to either our educational program or our antibiotic lab via the following options:
Invest in a Student Scientist
In comparison to traditional courses, our program has been shown to retain more students in the sciences, improve student confidence, and lead to higher grades. Funding to invest in a student scientist will go towards providing students materials and training instructors at under-resourced schools who could not otherwise participate. The numbers: $100 provides materials for five students; $5,000 helps us bring our program to one under-resourced school impacting students year after year; $25,000 allows us to train faculty at 30 schools.
Antibiotics – Will They Work When You Really Need Them?
Our program sets up an innovative model in which thousands of student researchers work to find new antibiotic candidates. Funding in this track will go to our antibiotics lab, which is necessary to advance student discoveries into the antibiotic pipeline. We are looking to purchase a special freezer ($12,000) to store samples.