05 November 2011
The roundtable on antimicrobial resistance at the 51st Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) on September 28 took up the theme of World Health Day 2011: “Antimicrobial resistance: No action today, no cure tomorrow”. Dr. José Orozco from ReAct Latin America stated that we need an innovative, holistic approach, that includes social, economic, political, cultural, and geographical aspects, along with the active participation of the community and primary health care services.
In his presentation, Dr Orozco underscored the importance of:
- developing a different approach to the problem of antimicrobial resistance;
- understanding social determination processes and acting on them;
- improving knowledge and technical tools in communication and education; creating autonomous forms of community participation based on working in networks;
- training and contributing to research on new antimicrobial drugs, involving not only industry and academia, but the regulatory authorities as well.