Antibiotic resistance is finally being firmly placed at the top of the global political agenda by governments at the United Nations and at the World Health Organization.
To tackle the spread of antibiotic resistance, high-level attention and commitments by countries must be translated into action at national and local level.
The process of develop, revise and implement comprehensive and cross-sectional national action plans can be overwhelming but ReAct has resources to help. Guidance on how to develop the various components of national action plans is provided in the ReAct Toolbox.
Costing a country’s National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) appears to be a daunting and challenging task. The complexities of the National Action Plans, its multidisciplinary nature, intergovernmental involvement, along with the numerous activities involved in implementation appear to require an entire health system budgeting exercise which can be overwhelming.
Edith Gavor is a member of the National Platform on Antimicrobial Resistance that has been tasked to develop the national action plan for Ghana. A draft policy is now ready and she hopes to be able to launch it and start implementing it in the coming year.
“If we were to begin the process now, I would definitely start with visiting the ReAct Toolbox”.
Lourdes Jarquin is part of the Technical Committee responsible for developing the national action plan on antimicrobial resistance in El Salvador. Click here to get her five best pieces of advice on how to get started.