ReAct SEA REGIONAL PLAN OF ACTION
12 July 2011
The ReAct and DMDC-SPR* joint Southeast Asia Regional Conference: Dealing with Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and Strategic Plan for Drug System Monitoring & Development, was held from 3 to 4 May 2011 at the Twin Towers Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. The goal of the conference was to sustain the dialogue, among key stakeholders, towards a regional agenda for action, including especially national and regional policy platforms on antibiotic resistance (ABR).
The objectives were to share and learn from country activities, projects and programs, with a focus on successful initiatives that can be further developed into cross-country or regional programmes.
Some 200 Thai and 25 participants from the region (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam) attended the conference that was jointly organized and sponsored by ReAct and the Drug System Monitoring and Development Program, Social Pharmacy Research Unit, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
After two days of presentations and deliberations, participants of the regional meeting put together a ReAct-SEA Regional Plan of Action, which called for the development of projects in the following areas:
- A regional community-level Antibiotic Smart Use Programme
- A regional hospital-based Antimicrobial Stewardship Programme
- A model generic curriculum related to AMR for healthcare professionals
- Research in the region on: 1) Differences in health outcomes and costs of hospital and community acquired bacterial infections in relation to ABR; 2) Community dispensing of antibiotics (AB); 3) Country ABR Index; 4) AB use in farm food production
- A network of cities around the world/region to champion and collaborate on the smart use of AB.
* DMDC-SPR (Drug System Monitoring and Development Program, Social Pharrmacy Research Unit, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand)
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