Dec 27, 2019
In Part 1, we heard David Ricci’s harrowing tale of volunteering at an HIV clinic in Kolkata, India where he was hit by a train. His life-threating injuries lead to the amputation of his leg at a clinic in the slums. Despite that traumatic experience, he endured even greater trauma when he returned home to Seattle and spent over a year combatting an antibiotic-resistant infection.
David found a path in science studying antimicrobial resistance. In 2014 he was asked by the Pew Research Foundation to participate in a coalition of scientists, farmers, patients and activists that had personal stories related to antibiotic resistance. The coalition met with members of Congress and the FDA and what they found was an audience that did not understand the urgency of addressing the problem of antimicrobial resistance. Not a lot has changed in the five years since then, as small changes by governments and big corporations are being lauded as big victories, having the effect of watering down the seriousness of the current crisis.
This podcast is a great primer on the challenges and potential solutions to the dangers of antimicrobial resistance and some of the reasons that it has not received the attention it deserves. Listen to Part 2 of David’s story and be inspired by this survivor, scientist and activist.
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