Antimicrobial resistance

AMR Self-Assessment up dated June 2017

WHO, FAO and OIE global have a tripartite database which showed the country progress in the implementation of the global action plan on antimicrobial resistance. Information captured in this database is a result of the country self-assessment questionnaire disseminated to countries by WHO, FAO and OIE in November 2016, and updated result on June 2017. The database currently contains data for the reporting year 2016-17. The survey will be repeated annually, thus starting from next year progress made on implementing actions on antimicrobial resistance can be tracked. All SEAR countries participated in this self-assessment process, and the data updated on June 2017

Tokyo Meeting of Health Ministers on Antimicrobial Resistance in Asia, 16 April 2016

In order to discuss the Antimicrobial resistance a major threat in Asia, a meeting of Health Ministers of Asian countries held in Tokyo on 16 April 2016. On this occasion, the Regional Director of WHO South-East Asia, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh stated that the Antimicrobial resistance is a threat to global security and economic stability. It is a looming health and economic crisis that requires both global and local solutions. Since drug resistant genes can travel, countries with higher levels of economic and social organization have a stake in the success of measures taken by less developed countries. In the fight against antimicrobial resistance, we are only as strong as the weakest link.

The Meeting on Combating Antimicrobial Resistance: Public Health Challenges and Priority, 23-25 February, 2016, New Delhi

This high-profile ministerial meeting organized by the Government of India in collaboration with the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia in New Delhi, India, in February 2016. The meeting proposed a roadmap for the development of NAPs that would be owned across ministries by May 2017. The process would be supported by a nodal institution on AMR and a multisectoral coordination body. A situation analysis that identifies challenges and needs would be conducted in each Member State of the South-East Asia Region before developing the NAP.

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.

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