Initiative Announced During UN General Assembly
During last week’s United Nations General Assembly in New York, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) combined forces with the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) to announce the AMR Challenge—the most ambitious global initiative to date to combat the growing threat of antibiotic resistance (AR or AMR.)
This unprecedented challenge, charges pharmaceutical and health insurance companies, food animal producers and purchasers, medical professionals, government health officials, and other leaders from around the world to work together to address antibiotic resistance by:
- Reducing antibiotics and resistance in the environment (e.g. in water and soil);
- Improving antibiotic use, including ensuring people can access these medicines when they are needed;
- Developing new vaccines, drugs, and diagnostic tests;
- Improving infection prevention and control; and
- Enhancing data sharing and data collection.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar at an event hosted by several charitable organizations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and announced the participation of more than 100 organizations determine to quell this global health threat.
“ASM is committed to working with global stakeholders to develop and execute a roadmap for surveillance and monitoring of antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance. ASM currently works across countries and sectors to establish bring to scale, and sustainably maintain such systems by focusing on strengthened laboratory capacity and global health security programs in low resourced settings,” said Robin Patel, ASM President-elect. “We are excited to be part of this very important initiative.”