May 2017 - Sri Lanka launched its National Strategic Plan for Combating Antimicrobial Resistance in the presence of the Hon. Dr Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine and Hon. Ammer Ali Seyed Mohammad Sihabdeen, State Minister, Rural Economy. Multiple stakeholders working in human health, animal health, agriculture and fisheries sectors in Sri Lanka came together to develop the national strategic plan aimed at addressing the very real and urgent threat posed by Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).
Sri Lanka has received a significant boost to tackle Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), one of the biggest public health threats the world now faces. The Fleming Fund has pledged assistance to launch a national campaign in Sri Lanka to combat this global problem. Launched in 2015 by the UK Department of Health, the Fleming Fund is a £ 265 million pound (GBP) programme designed to support low and middle income countries (LMICs) combat AMR.
“There will come a day when not a single antibiotic will work. We are here today to prevent that from happening,” cautioned Dr Beneragama, Deputy Director General of Laboratory Services, Ministry of Health at the launch of the National Guidelines on Empirical and Prophylactic use of Antimicrobials on 16 November 2016. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the biggest public health threats the world now faces. It is estimated that by 2050, AMR will be responsible for 4.7 million deaths in the Asia region alone.
September 2016 – World leaders signaled an unprecedented level of attention to curb the spread of drug resistant infections at the United Nations high-level meeting on antimicrobial resistance. For the first time, Heads of States committed to taking a broad, coordinated approach to address the root causes of AMR across multiple sectors especially human health, animal health and agriculture.