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Countries should have AMR plans in place by May 2017

A global action plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance, including antibiotic resistance, was agreed by the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, this week. The plan sets out 5 objectives: 

  • Improve awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance;
  • Strengthen surveillance and research;
  • Reduce the incidence of infection;
  • Optimise the use of antimicrobial medicines;
  • Ensure sustainable investment in countering antimicrobial resistance.

The resolution urges member states to put the plan into action, adapting it to their national priorities and specific contexts and mobilising additional resources for its implementation. Through adoption of the global plan, governments all committed to have in place, by May 2017, a national action plan on antimicrobial resistance that is aligned with the global action plan. National plans need to cover the use of antimicrobial medicines in animal health and agriculture, as well as for human health.

We hope that pharmacists are closely involved with plans in every country. FIP was present at the World Health Assembly, and antimicrobial resistance was among the topics we made statements on. More here.

WHO will work with countries to support the development and implementation of their national plans, and will report progress to the health assembly in 2017.