SAFE AMR Governance Partnership

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The Partnership

The use (and misuse) of antimicrobial drugs has increased for decades. This increase has fuelled growing levels of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), killing more people globally than HIV/AIDS or malaria.

AMR threatens human health, food security, the environment, and global development. AMR is truly a global, multi-sectoral challenge.

Now a partnership of world leading social science research centres has come together to develop global governance strategies to tackle AMR. This partnership brings together experts in economics, ethics, evaluation, evidence synthesis, gender analysis, law, political science, and veterinary science.

Partnership Goals

  • Develop a unifying global goal that can serve as a political barometer for progress on AMR
  • Unpack the root social drivers of AMR and critically assess which national policies can best address them from empirical, equity, ethics, and economics perspectives 
  • Propose transformative global strategies for managing the shared pool of effective antimicrobials in a sustainable, acceptable, fair, and effective manner.
Stream A: Unifying Goal
  • Establish a political goal that the international community can use as a barometer for measuring progress in managing antimicrobial resistance 
  • Goal will provide a frame for assessing how national policies (assisting Stream B) and global strategies (assisting Stream C) can support SAFE management of the global antimicrobial commons
Stream B: National Policies
  • Critically evaluate national policy options that would best support the SAFE management of the global antimicrobial commons
  • Undertake living systematic reviews of AMR interventions
  • Evaluate the equity and ethics of different policy options
  • Conduct economic modelling analyses to identify promising strategies in different contexts
Stream C: Global Strategies
  • Propose transformative global strategies for the SAFE management of AMR
  • Learn from other sectors that have had to confront common-pool resource challenges
  • Identify transformative opportunities for more equitably intervening in the animal health sector
  • Assess the political acceptability of different global strategies in a variety of contexts

Project Coordination & Funding

This project is funded through a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Grant and is coordinated by the Global Strategy Lab. This project offers a unique opportunity to better understand and address the root social processes, structures, and power dynamics that drive AMR, beyond what could be accomplished by any one country, centre, or discipline alone.


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