India, one of the countries most affected by antimicrobial resistance (AMR), has developed a draft National Action Plan on AMR, which it hopes to present at the upcoming World Health Assembly in Geneva in May. The Plan is currently open for consultation until 1 April 2017.
There are six key areas that the National Action Plan has identified as being strategic priorities for the Indian Public Health Authorities to take action on. These include:
- improved awareness of antimicrobial resistance through effective communication
- strengthening knowledge and evidence through surveillance
- reducing the incidence of infection through effective infection prevention and control
- optimizing the use of antimicrobial agents in health, animals and food
- promoting investments for antimicrobial resistance activities, research and innovations and
- strengthening India’s commitment and collaborations on antimicrobial resistance at international, national and sub-national levels.
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