“A Roadmap to Tackle the Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance – Joint meeting of Medical Societies in India” 2012, was the first ever meeting of medical societies in the country on the AMR issue.


All stakeholders including representatives of medical societies, various Governmental bodies, media, academics and international representatives came under one roof to discuss the issue.


The aim was to formulate implementable recommendations to tackle antimicrobial resistance in India. The Road map meeting led to creation of the document -“The Chennai declaration”.


The declaration is based on the theme of “a practical but not a perfect policy” and step-by-step implementation of various components in a developing country.


Progress of the Chennai declaration initiative


  1. Chennai declaration document was reviewed in detail in more than a dozen reputed international journals, many international academic and health policy related conferences.
  2. Highest officials in Indian Ministry of Health studied the document.
  3. Chennai Declaration could convince Indian authorities on seriousness of the resistance scenario in the country and importance of taking measures to control it.
  4. The initiative could mobilise medical societies and all the other stakeholders.
  5. The initiative has also created international awareness regarding the ground reality in developing countries and how a policy has to be tailored as per local requirement.
  6. Efforts by Chennai declaration through interaction with the ministry, creation of public and professional awareness via media, journals, and meetings, and inspiring of political leadership to discuss the issue in the Indian parliament did speed up the publication of the new over-the-counter rule.
  7. The new rule issued by the ministry of health includes 24 antibiotics and 11 antituberculosis drugs in the schedule H1 category. This rule is meant to regulate over-the counter dispensing of drugs. Pharmacists not only have to insist on a prescription from a registered medical practitioner, but they also need to enter details in a register. Drug inspectors will monitor compliance. First-line antibiotics will not come under the strict monitoring as those are excluded from the list, at least initially. The new H1 list is based on a step-by-step strategy of Chennai declaration.
  8. Ministry of Health published National antibiotics guidelines.
  9. Ministry of Health launched public education initiatives via print media and radio channels.


“Chennai Declaration-Five Year Plan”


In tune with the basic spirit of the Declaration – a ‘Practical not Prefect’ approach – Chennai declaration team   proposed a 5‑year strategy to control antibiotic resistance.


Five-year action plan prepared by the Chennai declaration team can be implemented in hospitals in all developing countries, including India.


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  • Antimicrobial Resistance crisis- An Indian perspective- please watch the video.

    “Please watch the short video on the global challenge of ‘super bugs’ and its impact on Indian public.

    We need to invent revolutionary rapid diagnostic technologies, to help doctors decide whether a patient needs antibiotic or not and if so , which antibiotic.

    Longitude prize is an eight million sterling pound challenge to scientists across the world to invent such a groundbreaking diagnostic”.

    2. The Hindu article on colistin resistant bacteria in Indian food samples.

    ‘The Hindu’ article on colistin resistant super bugs created due to the dangerous practice of using colistin as a growth promoter in poultry.

  1. Coordinator of Chennai Declaration, talks on “Time travelling to India- Future of antibiotic resistance” at science Museum, London. The talk was part of the program ” Illuminating India- 5000 years of scientific achievements”.
    Audio of the talk is available in the blog
  2. Antibiotic Resistance Initiatives : What’s Happening in India?Coordinator of Chennai declaration writes in APUA( Alliance for Prudent Use of Antibiotics) news letter.https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5746fb27d210b8a9ca274aa8/t/5a047ef771c10b702b356d54/1510244089361/Newsletter2017FallFINAL.pdf
  3. Andhra Pradesh to go for e- prescriptions to combat Antibiotic resistance…..Good move…
  4. Kerala- the first Indian State to announce implementation of National Antibiotic policy…Today, Kerala Chief Minister Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan chaired the first state Inter-ministerial meeting on AMR (Antimicrobial Resistance) held in Chief Minister’s office ; with participation of senior officials of all relevant Ministries. This is the first time Chief Minister of a state chairing an antibiotic policy meeting and making public announcement.
    I had the honour of attending the meeting.
    Proud to be part of this great initiative.
    Congratulations to Kerala Government!!
  5. WHAT DOES MAKING AN “AFFORDABLE” DIAGNOSTIC TEST IN INDIA MEANRapid,accurate and affordable bedside diagnostic tests will help doctors to know whether a patient requires an antibiotic or not. Unfortunately, such a wonderful test is not available in clinical practice. Longitude prize is a ten million sterling pound award for such an invention.So far no scientist has won this prize…How affordable should such a wonderful diagnostic test be ?
    Please find the link to a blog I have written in the Longitude prize website.




  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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)

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