World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 18-24 November, 2020

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week
18-24 November, 2020

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Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewardship

Commonwealth Partnerships for
Antimicrobial Stewardship

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Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewardship

How to Manufacture Alcohol Hand Rub: Training video

A training video produced by the CPA to support local pharmacy teams in the production of World Health Organisation formula alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

Antibiotic Resistance

Background

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.