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PM to co-chair group on antimicrobial resistance


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Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley was appointed to co-chair the One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), along with Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina.

The appointments took effect Friday, November 20, and will be for three years.

Mottley told the Barbados Government Information Service she was pleased to be invited to co-chair this critical Group, which has an extremely important role to play at this time. She pointed out that the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared AMR as one of the top 10 global public health threats facing humanity.

She added that the WHO is on record as saying that the cost of antimicrobial resistance to national economies and their health systems is significant.

“Therefore, you can see why this area would occupy my attention and that of my Government because we seek to put people at the centre of everything we do. The wealth of a nation and by extension the world, is bound up in its citizens’ health.”

The One Health Global Leaders Group will provide high-level advisory and advocacy functions to ensure action is taken to address the challenge of antimicrobial resistance. The Group’s key roles include maintaining urgency, public support, political momentum and visibility of the antimicrobial resistance challenge on the global agenda; and monitoring and reporting on progress, gaps and accountability in the global response to antimicrobial resistance.

In addition, the Group will monitor and advocate for the inclusion of antimicrobial resistance and a One Health “lens” in investments and programmes of major financing instruments for agriculture, health, development, food and feed production and other relevant areas.

The 22-member One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance includes current or former ministers and/or senior government officials serving in their individual capacities; as well as representatives of foundations, civil society organisations and the private sector.

A Tripartite Joint Secretariat on Antimicrobial Resistance, which is a collaborative effort by Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the World Organisation for Animal Health and the WHO, will provide secretariat support for the Group.

AMR, according to the WHO, occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and no longer respond to medicines, making infections harder to treat and increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death. As a result, the medicines become ineffective and infections persist in the body, increasing the risk of spread to others. (BGIS)



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