The latest update to Rapid Scoping Review on COVID-19’s impact on AMU and AMR synthesis has just been published.
The COVID-19 pandemic dealt a heavy blow to health care systems around the world. As the number of patients with COVID-19 and secondary bacterial infections continued to rise sharply, experts in the global health community feared what the long-term impact of the crisis would be for already critical levels of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), especially in low- […]
Debbie Lawes a contributor to Re$earch Money, an online news source for developments in Canadian science, technology and innovation, profiled the WHO Collaborating Centre (WHOCC) on Global Governance of Antimicrobial Resistance at the Global Strategy Lab and its Director Steven Hoffman.
In the interview, Steven Hoffman stressed the importance of continued AMR research, the most urgent challenges, the need for global collaboration and the part our WHOCC would play.
On November 18, the World Health Organization and York University organized a virtual event to formally recognizing Global Strategy Lab as a WHO Collaborating Centre on Global Governance of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). This follows the original designation by the WHO in November 2019.
The authors suggest that a combination of non-binding and binding governance mechanisms supported by leading AMR use countries and important AMR stakeholders, and informed by One Health principles, may be best suited to tackle AMR governance challenges.
In the article, the authors show that progress reports suggest the implementation of AMR activities is vastly below what was promised 5 years ago. Since this commitment-compliance gap is far from unique to AMR, Weldon and Hoffman looked into lessons from IR theory to see what could be applicable to AMR.
The study surveyed Canadian health care professionals to identify AMR policies between 2008-2018. Combined with a wider policy scan the authors suggest that Canadian AMR efforts are disjointed and inadequate, given the urgency of the public health threat.
The framework identifies challenges in AMR research, areas for enhanced coordination and cooperation with decision-makers, and best practices in the design of impact evaluations for AMR policies.
The central theme revolved around two questions looking at a One Health perspective: What lessons learned from COVID-19 can be applied to AMR? And what can the emerging responses to COVID-19 learn from the social science experience in AMR to tackle the current and future pandemics?