Antimicrobial resistance

World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 16 - 22 November 2015

World Antibiotic Awareness Week aims to increase awareness of global antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.
A global action plan to tackle the growing problem of resistance to antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines was endorsed at the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly in May 2015. One of the key objectives of the plan is to improve awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance through effective communication, education and training.
The theme of the campaign, Antibiotics: Handle with Care, reflects the overarching message that antibiotics are a precious resource and should be preserved. They should be used to treat bacterial infections, only when prescribed by a certified health professional. Antibiotics should never be shared and the full course of treatment should be completed – not saved for the future.
WHO is encouraging all Member States and health partners to join this campaign and help raise awareness of this issue. A variety of resources will be made available to support local campaigns including factsheets, infographics, posters and multi-media materials.

Regional meeting on antimicrobial resistance, 10-13 November 2014

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a growing global public health threat with serious health, political and economic implications. It threatens the effective treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by microbes as well as the achievements made by the modern medicine, including the use of antibiotics in recent past. The Regional Office for South-East Asia has developed a simple and practical Regional Strategy on Prevention and Containment of AMR in 2010. The Sixty-third Regional Committee adopted a resolution (RC/63/R4) on prevention and containment of AMR and endorsed the Regional Strategy on AMR. The Health Ministers of the SEA Region in 2011 gave a call to comprehensively address this issue through Jaipur Declaration on AMR. Through its World Health Assembly resolution, the Assembly urged WHO to develop a global action plan against AMR and submit to WHA in 2015.

Jaipur Declaration on Antimicrobial Resistance

Acknowledging the growing global importance of antimicrobial resistance, the Health Ministers of all Member States of the WHO South-East Asia Region adopted the “Jaipur Declaration on Antimicrobial Resistance”. The Declaration recognizes that it is imperative that the national governments accord utmost priority to this problem to preserve the efficacy of antibiotics in the fight against microbial diseases.

SEA Regional Strategy on Antimicrobial Resistance

A Regional Strategy for Prevention and Containment of Antimicrobial Resistance has been finalized by a group of experts who also gave a call to Member countries to adapt this strategy and rapidly scale-up the interventions detailed in it. The goal of the strategy is to reduce mortality and morbidity due to resistant organisms and to preserve efficacy of available antimicrobial agents as well as discovery of new drugs/interventions.

Call for applications for inclusion in WHO expert roster

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