This event featured panellists Dr Vikas Aggarwal, South Asia Regional Lead, Fleming Fund Grants Programme, Mott MacDonald, and Professor Anita Kotwani, Head of Pharmacology, V.P. Chest Institute, University of Delhi. It was moderated by Professor Robyn Alders, of Chatham House, UK, and took place on Wednesday 17 March 2021.

Watch the recording here:

Panellists’ Key messages
  • Having a National Action Plan (NAP) is not enough . The NAP must demonstrate commitment, especially in financial terms, from the government.
  • Multisectoral collaboration from Day One is important . Every sector should ‘own’ the AMR response.
  • The AMR response should be mainstreamed. AMR-related surveillance and response should be embedded within existing health information systems, disease surveillance programmes and health system strengthening initiatives.
  • Establish a government monitoring unit under an AMR nodal centre to six-monthly monitor and evaluate the activities of NAP-AMR and policy implementation.
  • Invest in public education and awareness to change the behaviour of consumers and simultaneously change the behaviour of all stakeholders.
  • Introduce the One Health concept and appropriate use of antibiotics in high school curricula. This will improve understanding of AMR, behaviour change towards overuse of antibiotics and probably ‘blame game’.

Further reading

You can add your voice to the discussion by going to the Slack workspace and the channel #governance-behaviour-and-blame.