Multi-media interactive documentary installation.
The Pathogen of War is based on the personal story and research of medical anthropologist and expert on global heath Dr. Omar Dewachi. His work focusses on war, wounding, medical infrastructures and geographies, and the bacteria Acinetobacter baumanii.
The United Nations and other international agencies released a report in 2019 warning of the dangers of the rise of drug resistance. If no action is taken, they warned that drug-resistant diseases could cause 10 million deaths each year by 2050 and this would also cause much damage to the global economy. By 2030, antimicrobial resistance could force up to 24 million people into extreme poverty.
The World Health Organization has classified the superbug Acinetobacter baumannii, as a “critical” threat among its “priority pathogens” – a group of bacteria families that pose the greatest threat to human health. It also stands out as one of the most common pathogens associated with military conflicts.
In May 2023, there were news reports that AI had been used to find antibiotics that could treats infections caused by Acinetobacter baumannii.
The solutions put forth to tackle rising antimicrobial resistance fail to take into account the challenges of the health effects of warfare.
To find out more please visit:
Omar Dewachi https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/people/omar-dewachi
When Wounds Travel: Chronicles of War Biology East of the Mediterranean https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2023-omar-dewachi-fellow-presentation-virtual
The Rise of Antibiotic Resistance https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/feb/07/farming-pharmaceutical-and-health-pollution-fuelling-rise-in-suberbugs-un-warns
Armed conflicts and antimicrobial resistance: A deadly convergence http://resistancecontrol.info/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Haraoui.pdf
Why Bacteria love war-wounds https://www.msf.org/how-msf-tackling-antibiotic-resistance-middle-east
Antimicrobial resistance and the Iraq wars: armed conflict as an under investigated pathway with growing significance https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9933488/
Iraqibacter and the Pathologies of Intervention https://merip.org/2019/07/iraqibacter-and-the-pathologies-of-intervention/
Scientists use AI to discover new antibiotic to treat deadly superbug https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2023/may/25/artificial-intelligence-antibiotic-deadly-superbug-hospital
National Theatre Immersive Story Telling Studio Residency
Director – Yasmin Fedda Creative Technologist – Gavin- Morris Sound designer – James Bulley Graphic designer– Pierangelo Pirak Production assistant – Fisayo Ademiluyi Set designer – Isobel Power Smith Interactive Consultant/Theatre director - Ryan Van Winkle Creative Producer - Dan Davies Producer – Kirsty Jennings (Anagram) Executive Producer – May Abdulla (Anagram)
Assistant Producer, National Theatre Immersive Story Telling Studio – Benjamin Smith Head of Immersive Story Telling Studio – Toby Coffey