FAO WORKSHOP TO OFFER SOLUTIONS TO COMBAT ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE IN PLANTS, ANIMALS AND HUMANS

CHIEF VETERINARY OFFICER, DR. TRACY CHALLENGER

Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 12, 2019 (SKNIS): The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has partnered with the local Ministries of Agriculture and Health, as well as other stakeholders in St. Kitts and Nevis, in finding solutions to combat Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) at a three-day (November 11-13) PMP Workshop, which is taking place at the Ocean Terrace Inn.

AMR is the ability of a microorganism (like bacteria, viruses and some parasites) to stop an antimicrobial (such as antibiotics, antivirals and antimalarials) from working against it. As a result, standard treatments become more ineffective, as infections persist and may spread to others.

Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Tracey Challenger, explained AMR, saying that it occurs when the “treatment that we use to treat antimicrobials, bacteria etc. is rendered ineffective.” As a result, standard treatments become more ineffective, as infections persist and may spread to others.

To combat the AMR, the FAO developed an Action Plan called the Progressive Management Pathway (PMP), to assist countries with the development and operationalisation of a multi-sector ‘One-Health’ National Action Plan (NAP).

This PMP seeks to focus on four main areas which are improving awareness, developing monitoring and surveillance capacity, strengthening governance and promoting good practices, and the prudent use of antimicrobials.

The AMR PMP has been pilot tested in four countries across Africa, Europe and Central Asia and has been met with positive feedback.

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