News and Opinions  –  2017

ReAct co-hosts side event during World Health Assembly

2017-05-19

On the evening of Monday, May 22nd during the 70th World Health Assembly, ReAct, members of the Antibiotic Resistance Coalition and allies including South Centre, Médecins Sans Frontières, Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative, Health Action International and Medicus Mundi International will be co-hosting a side event on "Responding to the Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance: Perspectives of Civil Society, Intergovernmental Organizations and Developing Countries."

 

The WHO has led the way for increased global awareness and collaboration to address the crisis on antimicrobial resistance (AMR).  The United Nations Political Declaration on AMR, which was approved in September 2016, highlights the need for increased cooperation among multiple stakeholders, including civil society, for effective global action.

At the side event, civil society, intergovernmental organizations and countries will share experiences and explore issues around access, research & development and stewardship. The aim is to ensure AMR continues to be discussed from a strong public interest perspective and to reaffirm the important role that non-state actors play in ensuring that antimicrobial resistance issues are adequately addressed.

About the side-event

Responding to the Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance: Perspectives of Civil Society, Intergovernmental Organizations and Developing Countries

Sponsors: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF); Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi); Health Action International (HAI); Medicus Mundi International Network (MMI).

With the support of South Centre and ReAct – Action on Antibiotic Resistance.

Date: Monday 22 May 2017

Time: 17:45 – 18:45

Speakers and respondents:

  • Four non-state actor perspectives will be presented followed by respondents from two developing countries.
  • A panel with all them moderated by Viviana Munoz, South Centre, with respondents from Indian and Thai government’s.
  • Speakers:
    – Els Torreele, Executive Director  Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
    – Garance Upham, Deputy Executive Secretary of WAAAR and member of Medicus Mundi International
    – Anthony So, Head of the Strategic Policy Program of ReAct, North America
    – Michelle Childs, Head of Policy Advocacy, Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative – Latin America
  • There will be time for questions.