HHS AND CDC’S MISSION TO COMBAT GROWING THREAT OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) joined forces to combat the growing threat of antibiotic resistance (AR or AMR) through an initiative called AMR Challenge announced during last week’s United Nations General Assembly in New York.
The challenge, said to be the most ambitious global initiative to date fighting the escalating danger of antibiotic resistance, charges pharmaceutical and health insurance companies, food animal producers and purchasers, medical professionals, government health officials, and other leaders around the globe to work together addressing antibiotic resistance by:
- Advancing new vaccines, drugs, and diagnostic tests;
- Reforming antibiotic use, including ensuring people can access these medicines when they are needed;
- Reducing antibiotics and resistance in the environment (e.g. in water and soil);
- Boosting data sharing and data collection; and
- Improving infection prevention and control.
“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.”
Erudite Nursing Institute™ encourages other healthcare and charitable organizations in widening the call to fight the growing threat of antibiotic resistance and developing mitigating measures to reduce its effects to people.
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