“Antimicrobial resistance: no action today, no cure tomorrow”
Antimicrobial resistance is not a new problem but one that is becoming more dangerous; urgent and consolidated efforts are needed to avoid regressing to the pre-antibiotic era.
On World Health Day 2011, WHO will introduce a six-point policy package to combat the spread of antimicrobial resistance.
Antimicrobial resistance and its global spread
We live in an era in which we depend on antibiotics, and other antimicrobial medicines to treat conditions that decades ago, or even a few years ago in the case of HIV/AIDS, would have proved fatal. When antimicrobial resistance – also known as drug resistance – occurs, it renders these medicines ineffective. For World Health Day 2011, WHO will be calling for intensified global commitment to safeguard these medicines for future generations. Antimicrobial resistance – the theme of World Health Day 2011 – and its global spread, threatens the continued effectiveness of many medicines used today to treat infectious diseases.
For World Health Day 2011, WHO will call on governments and stakeholders to implement the policies and practices needed to prevent and counter the emergence of highly resistant microorganisms.
What is antimicrobial resistance?
Antimicrobial resistance – also known as drug resistance – occurs when microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change in ways that render the medications used to cure the infections they cause ineffective. When the microorganisms become resistant to most antimicrobials they are often referred to as “superbugs”. This is a major concern because a resistant infection may kill, can spread to others, and imposes huge costs to individuals and society.
Antimicrobial resistance is facilitated by the inappropriate use of medicines, for example, when taking substandard doses or not finishing a prescribed course of treatment. Low-quality medicines, wrong prescriptions and poor infection prevention and control also encourage the development and spread of drug resistance. Lack of government commitment to address these issues, poor surveillance and a diminishing arsenal of tools to diagnose, treat and prevent also hinder the control of drug resistance.
Resources for World Health Day
World Health Day
Antimicrobial Resistance – Containment and Prevention
Balai Kartini, Jln Gatot Subroto, Kuningan, Jakarta
7 April 2011
|Session I: Opening and Keynote Addresses|
|8.30||Opening and launch of Use of Anitmicrobials Guideline||Minister for Health||MoH|
|8.45||Prevention and Containment of Antimicrobial Resistance||WHO Representative|
|9.05||Keynote address: Rational Use of Medicine to combat Antimicrobial Resistance||Prof. dr. Rianto Setiabudy, Ph D|
|9.55||Coffee and press conference|
|Session II: Specific Diseases|
|10.30||Multi Drug Resistant TB in Indonesia||Drg. Dyah Erti Mustikawati, NTP|
|10.45||HIV drug resistance project||Dr. Miko, UI|
|11.00||Malaria drug resistance, global threat and challenges||Dr. Din Safruddin PhD|
|Session III: Using Antibiotics Rationally|
|11.30||AMR study in Indonesia and AM Resistance Containment program||Dr. Hari Parathon Sp OG (K)|
|11.45||Community empowerment for Rational Use of Antibiotics||Dr. Purnamawati, SpA (K)|
|12.30||Summary and final conclusion||Important expert -tba|