Sunday, September 6, 2015

South-Asian countries assess progress of Antimicrobial strategies in the region

Contributed by Dr. Tamhankar and Siddarth David

Health ministers of 11 countries in South Asia are meeting from today in Dili, Timor-Leste for the 68th WHO Regional Committee for South East Asia. An important agenda is the implementation of action plan for antimicrobial resistance by the 11 countries in the region.

The meeting conducted by the highest policy making body of the WHO in the region meets once a year to discuss, deliberate and plan health priorities and action policies for the entire region. Given the critical global challenge posed by antibiotic resistance, it features high in the agenda of this year's Regional Committee Meeting. 

It will be especially significant as it would be an opportunity to review the commitments and progress made by the 11 countries on the resolution passed in the May 2015 World Health Assembly in Geneva that every member country would have to develop and implement national action plans for  controlling antibiotic resistance in their respective countries by May 2017. 

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