In 2017, BioGaia founded the Foundation to Prevent Antibiotic Resistance, also known as the PAR Foundation. PAR is an independent foundation with the aim of preventing antibiotic resistance through support for research, education and information activities. Antibiotic resistance is considered one of the world’s main threats to human health. Antibiotic resistance is a major threat that threatens the entire modern healthcare system when seemingly mild diseases or wounds and standardised interventions lead to life-threatening infections. Since its inception, the PAR Foundation has distributed a total of SEK 12.39 million to seventeen different projects globally.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in healthcare, livestock and food production has created a real threat to humanity. A synchronised global action plan is required to avoid a post-antibiotics era when common infections may again be fatal. Greater awareness of public health measures that can improve public health is necessary if WHO is to maintain the efficacy of antibiotics today and tomorrow.
The SEK 2.9 million that BioGaia set aside for the foundation during 2022 supports projects to prevent infections in the elderly. Additionally, it enables education and information projects in Africa, the UK, and India aimed at increasing knowledge about antibiotic resistance prevention.
See further information about the foundation and distributed grants on the foundation’s website parfoundation.org.