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AMR Webinar 1
On Thursday 13th July 2017, Dr. Diane Ashiru-Oredope (CPA Advisor and Pharmacist Lead, AMR Programme, Public Health England) joined our Executive Director Victoria Rutter to host our very successful first AMR webinar.
Representatives from Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Rwanda, Nepal, Trinidad & Tobago and Sierra Leone contributed to a very informative and interesting discussion around how pharmacists have been involved in tackling AMR in their own countries.
AMR Webinar 2
World Antibiotic Awareness Week (13-19 Nov 2017) provided an excellent opportunity to engage with healthcare professionals and the public to tackle AMR. Pharmacy teams (both individuals and organisations) have a key role in increasing awareness and promoting better use of antibiotics.
In our second AMR Webinar we discuss with adviser Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope what has been happening around the Commonwealth to give some ideas of resources for individuals, member organisations and work places to use and adapt for their own campaigns.
It is shocking to think that by 2050 as many people are predicted to be dying of infections as cancer if antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is not tackled now. On the 21st September 2016, 193 countries of the United Nations agreed a landmark declaration to rid the world of superbugs. Without urgent action it is conceivable that simple infections could soon become entirely untreatable with existing drugs.
Experts predict that this global commitment could prevent 700,000 deaths a year. The Commonwealth now has their own Policy Brief on AMR, and in the two years that have been allotted to reporting back with an action plan in response to the United Nations declaration there is a need to work together in the collaborative spirit of the Commonwealth to ensure that these action plans are not only well thought out and effective but fully engage health care professionals and the public on the ground to maximize success, ensuring action follows commitment.
A global action plan on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) was endorsed at the World Health Assembly in May 2015. This plan aims to ensure that the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases with safe and effective medicines continues, based on five strategic objectives:
To improve awareness and understanding of AMR
To strengthen surveillance and research
To reduce the incidence of infection
To optimize the use of antimicrobial medicines
To ensure sustainable investment in countering antimicrobial resistance
The CPA is working in partnership with governments and other organizations to increase engagement on the ground, particularly around objectives one and four above, in order to support member organization to tackle AMR in their own countries.
AMR is today’s problem and it needs to be top of everyone’s agendas. This is not an easy issue to solve; increasing awareness of AMR and optimizing the use of antibiotics are only part of the solution, but everyone can all a play a part, no matter how small.
The Commonwealth spirit would encourage us to commit to work together and share the tools, resources and expertise that we have to support all our nations in developing and delivering an effective action plan to tackle this issue.