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  • IDSA Welcomes World Health Assembly Update on Antimicrobial Resistance


    The Infectious Diseases Society of America welcomes an update at the World Health Assembly demonstrating progress on the implementation of the global action plan on antimicrobial resistance adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2016. We call on U.S. policy makers and international leaders to continue to support the global action plan and commit the resources necessary to realize its goals. We urge the U.S. government to maintain and strengthen its leadership on AMR, including by allocating robust funding to global health security, research and domestic surveillance; adding incentives for antimicrobial drug and diagnostic research and development; building stewardship programs; and investing in the infectious diseases workforce. IDSA also welcomes the establishment of the Global Antimicrobial Surveillance System, which will monitor countries’ progress in strengthening national surveillance systems, and we welcome the expansion of the system to include other types of surveillance related to antimicrobial resistance and other global surveillance systems.

    We commend the World Health Organization on providing technical support to the Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership, which will facilitate new antibiotic development, and call on the Secretariat to continue to prioritize the development of new tools against antimicrobial resistance, including point-of-care diagnostics.

    The Secretariat’s leadership on working with member states to establish national action plans, and their training of healthcare workers on antibiotic stewardship are important steps in achieving the objectives of the global action plan, as is the Secretariat’s methodology for monitoring antibiotic consumption at national level and the media campaign to raise public awareness of the threats of antimicrobial resistance.

    A society of more than 10,000 infectious disease physicians and scientists, IDSA was one of the first voices to call for a comprehensive response to antimicrobial resistance more than a decade ago, and the global action plan adopted many of IDSA’s recommendations. IDSA will remain a strong partner with global health leaders to ensure continued progress on the critical steps outlined in the plan.

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