One Health advocacy meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance, 24th November 2020
November 18th – 24th is observed as World Antimicrobial Awareness week (WAAW) globally. The goal of this week was to raise awareness on the antimicrobial resistance (AMR) to the public, health workers and the policy makers and to promote good practice in this area of concern, to limit the emergence and spread of resistant bacteria throughout the world. The slogan this year “Antimicrobials: handle with care”. Antimicrobials are the essential medicines used to treat infection with microorganism like bacteria, virus, fungi and parasites in human and animals. These agents have substantially reduced the burden of diseases in human and animals and also contributed to food security and safety. However, emergence and spread of AMR in several microorganisms is complicating the management of many infectious diseases. AMR occurs when these microorganisms change naturally and also triggered by inappropriate use, misuse or overuse in human, animals and plants whereby they don’t respond to treatment with the antimicrobials which they used to be before. AMR endangers animal health and welfare, as well as food production and also adversely affects the functioning of human, animal and plant health systems and economies. It is also considered as one of the biggest global threat by the WHO. Hence, it requires inter-sector collaboration to reduce the emergence and spread of resistant microorganisms. To mark the occasion and join the global move, One Health Advocacy meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance was conducted at Kuenphen Rabten Resort, Chang Jalu, Thimphu. The main objectives of the workshop were to create awareness to various one health stakeholders, on the AMR and to encourage the prudent usage of antimicrobials in respective areas. The meeting was organized by the Department of Livestock and funded by Ministry of Health. The meeting was chaired by the Director, Department of Livestock and was attended by World Health Organization (WHO) representative to Bhutan and representation from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). About 25 participants attended the advocacy program representing various agencies such as National Centre for Animal Health(NCAH), Thimphu Dzongkhag Livestock from Department of Livestock (DoL); AMR program, Department of medical Services and JDW National Referral Hospital from Ministry of Health (MoH); Drug Regulatory Authority (DRA); Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan (KGUMB); One Health Secretariat; National Plant Protection Centre (NPPC) from Department of Agriculture (DoA); Nature Conservation Division (NCD) from Department of Forests & Park Services (DoFPs); Media representatives from Information & Communication Division (ICTD), Ministry of Agriculture & Forests(MoAF), Bhutan Broad Casting Services(BBS) and Kuensel participated the meeting.