WHO panel discussion - Narrowing the gap between research and policy

Friday, July 9, 2021
5. New antibacterial agents, PK/PD & Stewardship, Special Session
5f. Other 2773 3:30 PM > 5:00 PM WHO panel discussion - Narrowing the gap between research and policy 11. Special sessions & Other 5f. Other

Background: Antimicrobial Resistance is a global threat to human, animal and plant health and threatens a century of progress in human health and achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals. It undermines the safety of our food and our environment. Antimicrobials play a critical role in the treatment of human, animal and plant diseases and their use is essential to food production, safety and security as well as to our well-being. Their misuse, associated with the emergence and spread of antimicrobial-resistant micro-organisms, places everyone at risk regardless of income, age and gender. This risk is exacerbated in countries where the regulatory, surveillance and monitoring systems are inadequate for the prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance. Furthermore, it poses challenges to the programmatic response of communicable diseases particularly HIV, TB and Malaria and compounds the issues involved in the response to humanitarian health crises.
There is no time to wait. Without significant and urgent action antimicrobial resistance will have disastrous impact within a generation. Current efforts to support research and development of antimicrobials, diagnostics, vaccines and safe and effective alternatives to antimicrobials is inadequate. There has been a call for urgent action to avert the antimicrobial resistance crisis using a coordinated and multisectoral approach. Sustainable, effective and tailored national responses to address antimicrobial resistance to prevent the emergence and transmission of drug resistant infections are critically needed to leverage gains across the sustainable development goals. This needs a collective response to narrow the gap between research and policy. The creation of a platform where civil society organisations, academia, infectious disease clinicians, microbiologists, laboratory professionals working alongside program managers and policy makers work to create a shared vision would also help.
Objective: To identify opportunities to narrow the gap between research, policy, programming and political engagement in order to strengthen the global response to AMR

3:30 PM 2773-1 The political and programmatic narrative of Antimicrobial Resistance > Z. Zsuzsanna JAKAB (Geneva) 4:00 PM 2773-2 Panel discussion: sustainable and tailored response for antimicrobial resistance by narrowing the gap between research and policy > R. Robert BAKER (Singapore), O. Onyebuchi CHUKWU (Abakaliki), S. Sally DAVIES (London), M. Maggie DE BLOCK (Merchtem), A. Amit KHURANA (New Delhi), J. Jeffrey Scott WEESE (Moffat)

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