Raise awareness against AMR

PM urges int’l community

Special Correspondent

30 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Raise awareness against AMR

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged the internal community to raise global public awareness in combating the antimicrobial resistance through political commitment and partnership among the member states.

“The world is now witnessing the devastating pandemic of COVID-19. However, antimicrobial resistance may cause even more lethal pandemics in future,” she said while virtually addressing a High-Level Dialogue on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined this dialogue as Co-Chair of the Global Leaders Group on AMR for promoting multisectoral collaboration to combat and contain AMR.

Thanking the President of the General Assembly for convening this High-Level Dialogue on AMR, the premier said failure to tackle this hazard in time will result in huge loss of human lives, animals, and plants.

“According to an estimate by the WHO, 10 million people will die every year by 2050 from AMR and economic loss would be in trillions of dollars which will also disrupt food security and progress towards achievement of the SDGs and universal health coverage,” she said.

In Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina said we have developed a six-year (from 2017 to 2022) National Strategic Plan and National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance Containment (ARC).

Moreover, the National Technical Committee on ARC and the Bangladesh AMR Response Alliance were formed.

 “Laboratory-based AMR surveillance for both human and animal health is being conducted regularly to ensure WHO categorisation. Similarly, from 2019, we have been providing AMR surveillance data to WHO GLASS Platform,” she said.

The premier said addressing the challenges of AMR is crucial for preventing future pandemics.

“We need to implement the 2015 Global Action Plan on AMR, 2016 UN political declaration on AMR, and formulate AMR national action plans,” she said.

“As co-chairs of the Global Leaders Group on AMR, the Prime Minister of Barbados and I stand ready to work with all relevant stakeholders in contributing to the fight against AMR,” she added.

Sheikh Hasina put importance on five actions in this regard. Integrated multi-sectoral action plan on AMR, including collective action plan by the international community at both regional and global level with special focus on low and middle-income countries, she said in her first point.

The other points are: Good manufacturing, laboratory practices and surveillance framework, equitable access to affordable and effective antibiotics, as required, through transfer of technology and sharing of ownership; sustainable financing for AMR containment activities and finally, global public awareness in combating AMR through political commitment and partnership among the member states.