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  1. WHO Director-General briefs UN on antimicrobial resistanceThe rise of antimicrobial resistance is a global crisis, recognized as one of the greatest threats to health today.

    The threat is easy to describe. Antimicrobial resistance is on the rise in every region of the world. We are losing our first-line antibiotics. This makes a broad range of common infections much more difficult to treat…………


  2. Antimicrobial resistance a ‘greater threat than cancer by 2050’UK chancellor George Osborne to tell IMF that 10m people a year could die without radical action


    Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Society for Health Care Epidemiology of America released a new guideline: Implementing an Antibiotic Stewardship Program, with 27 recommendations that cover a broad range of antibiotic stewardship interventions


    “National antibiotics guideline” released by Indian Ministry of Health.Union health minister of India released the document during International conference on AMR, New Delhi ,organised by MOH and WHO, in Feb 2016.http://www.ncdc.gov.in/…/linkim…/AMR_guideline7001495889.pdf

  3. Red line and AntibioticsIndia is making good progress in efforts to control the dangerous national and global scenario of antibiotics resistance. Union health ministry has issued public advertisements on the need of getting doctors prescription before consuming antibiotics!
  4. Antibiotic-resistant superbugs cast a dreaded spellNews on superbugs and Chennai declaration in The Hindu news paperhttp://www.thehindubusinessline.com/specials/pulse/antibioticresistant-superbugs-cast-a-dreaded-spell/article7261268.ece
  5. The mania to over-medicateLive Mint article on antibiotic overuse quotes Coordinator of Chennai declaration“And it’s not just excessive prescription of antibiotics, but underproduction of critical drugs that is causing this crisis, says Abdul Ghafur, consultant, infectious diseases and clinical microbiology, Apollo Specialty Hospital, Chennai……http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/iT8NBqlkKqA6Qe9HuqwP8M/The-mania-to-overmedicate.html

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Chennai Declaration - The Way Forward

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“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.

This  website is about the Chennai Declaration document, tracking its progress and impact amongst the medical community and policy makers. The individual authors of Chennai Declaration are not responsible for the content displayed in the website.