1.UN Assembly meeting discussed the global AMR challenge
On 21st September, United Nations Assembly meeting in New York, by heads of countries discussed the global challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance. A political declaration to tackle AMR was signed by all countries. This is the fourth time in UN Assembly history; a health related issue was discussed. (Other earlier topics being HIV, Ebola and Chronic diseases)
2. WHO bulletin article on UN Assembly meeting acknowledges the contribution of Chennai declaration
WHO bulletin published an article in relation to the UN meeting. The article has acknowledged contribution of Chennai declaration to the tackling antibiotics resistance issue.
Various initiatives including “Chennai declaration of Indian medical societies” have played significant role in mobilising international scientific and political community and to take the issue up to UN meeting.
3.Indian Ministry of Health steps up tackling AMR efforts
Indian National antibiotics policy core committee is now reorganized into three interlinked committees, for better performance and coordination.
- Core Working group on AMR (CWG-AMR) Chaired by NCDC Director.
This committee is comprised of subject experts responsible for coordinating preparation of various documents, surveillance etc.
- Technical advisory group on AMR (TAG-AMR) Chaired by Director General of Health services.
The committee includes senior representatives from various Ministries including DCGI and subject experts. The committee is responsible for reviewing the
Activities of the Core working group committee (by NCDC) and provide advice to the Committee of senior Govt. officials (ICC-AMR)
- Inter-sectorial coordination committee on AMR (ICC-AMR) Chaired by Health secretary.
The committee comprises of senior most officials in Health ministry and other relevant ministries (secretaries and joint secretaries from various Ministries)