Focus on environmental effects of antimicrobial resistance: experts

Working groups formulated input guidelines for addressing animal and environmental aspects of antimicrobial resistance

By Karnika Bahuguna
Published: Friday 11 November 2016

The conference focused on combating resistance from antibiotics use in food animals (Credit: iStock)

The environmental aspect of antimicrobial resistance requires enhanced efforts to combat rising threat to public health, experts concluded at an international workshop organised by Delhi-based non-profit Centre for Science and Environment.

The two-day workshop on National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance for developing countries was focused on combating resistance from antibiotics use in food animals.

The second day of the workshop included working group discussions to develop guiding inputs for action plans. Addressing animal and environment aspects of antimicrobial resistance in developing countries was central to the discussions.

In 2015, the World Health Organization adopted the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance. The plan called for member states to develop national action plans by mid-2017. So far, only 25 countries, mostly developed, have submitted their plans.

The working groups brainstormed on responsible use of antibiotics in food and animal production, surveillance of antibiotic use and resistance and animal farm environment management.

The working groups decided that final inputs from their deliberations would be shared with international agencies. Following circulation to international agencies and participants, the guiding inputs will be finalised in the coming weeks.

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