News and Opinions  –  2017

Important African conference: How will we be able implement National Action Plans on Antimicrobial Resistance?

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Mid September ReAct Africa arranges The 2017 Annual ReAct Conference in Kenya. The week is designed to provide round table discussions on the theme, ”Moving beyond the Antimicrobial Resitance National Action Plan: development to implementation.”

The conference brings together antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic resistance champions from 15 African countries working in different sectors and disciplines: public, private, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academia and faith-based sectors, for round table discussions on implementation of National Action Plans on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).

Mirfin Mpundu, Head of ReAct Africa.

Mirfin Mpundu, Head of ReAct Africa says:

”Developing National Action Plans on AMR is a great accomplishment but implementing is even a greater accomplishment. Participants will discuss how they can move forward with implementation within the One Health framework, prioritization, costing, unique challenges, stewardship, integrating antimicrobial resistance as a core element in current running programs. ReAct is honored to support these public global goals.”

The objectives of the conference are:

  • Provide an opportunity for engagement and sharing updates on the progress of National Action Plan Development in African countries and how countries are approaching implementation (costing of the National Action Plans, prioritization and implementation).
  • Discuss challenges experienced, lessons learned and how the One Health Approach will be actualized through the interventions.
  • Explore collaborations, involvement and roles of Civil Society Organizations, NGOs and Faith-Based Organizations among others in moving the global antimicrobial resistance agenda forward.
  • Discuss effective approaches to raising awareness, Antimicrobial Resistance Stewardship Programs at country level that will leads to behavioral changes that are sustainable from previous campaign.
  • Consider options for future action at the national level, regional and explore opportunities for co-operation internationally, including taking antimicrobial resistance forward on the global agenda.