Thursday 10 November 2016

UN agrees to take action on antimicrobial resistance

A statement from the Royal Society for Biology, in relation to the United Nations agreeing to take action on antimicrobial resistance

“The Learned Society Partnership on Antimicrobial Resistance (LeSPAR) welcomes news of global political and pharmaceutical industry support for actions to tackle the threat of resistant infections.

The G7 and G20 summits and the UN General Assembly have now agreed proactive steps to ensure collaboration between nations, accepting the recommendations of the WHO Global Action Plan on AMR and the UK AMR Review. In particular they have agreed:

Support for all countries to design and implement national action plans
Initiatives to stimulate research and development of new antimicrobial products
Public awareness and engagement activities
In line with these agreements, the pharmaceutical industry has published a roadmap with an emphasis on public-private partnership. This guides both the development of new drugs and the management of access to antimicrobials, where and when they are needed.

LeSPAR will continue to work with our collective community of experts to ensure actions are taken in support of these resolutions.”

Posted by Dr. Tim Sandle

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