Washington D.C. (April 14, 2016) – From February 28 to March 1, 2016, PAHO Foundation brought together representatives from the Foundation, the Pan American Health Organization, academia, business, health, philanthropy and entities interested in global surveillance and planning for a future multi-sectoral summit on anitimicrobial resistance (AMR).
During the three-day planning meeting, participants agreed upon three overarching goals of the AMR Summit:
- To develop a broad understanding of the current issue and case for action;
- To connect knowledge of causes and solutions with specific sectors and players that can perform key roles in addressing AMR via communication, advocacy, funding, policy and practice; and
- To create a momentum towards cultural change and investment in alternatives to the extensive use (misuse) of antibiotics.
As a result of the planning meeting, a white paper is being developed in preparation for the AMR Summit. This will be designed to provide a call to action, together with supporting information, to include an analysis of the situation, the human and economic case for action on AMR in the Americas, potential solutions, resources needed and recommendations.
The AMR Summit is scheduled to take place in 2017 and key AMR stakeholders from the region will be invited to help lay the foundation for stronger advocacy, development and execution of national AMR action plans, and to secure commitments of support from the major non-governmental sectors.
“After the planning meeting in February I am confident that all of our preparation will lead to a very successful AMR Summit in spring of next year,” PAHO Foundation President & CEO, Dr. Jennie Ward-Robinson said, “All of the participants contributed extraordinarily to our efforts in organizing this event, and I cannot thank them enough for their time and continuous hard work.”
For more information about PAHO Foundation’s Pre-Summit Planning Meeting or next year’s AMR Summit please contact Areana Quiñones, Senior Director of Programs and Grants, by email at aquinones@PAHOFoundation.org or phone at (202) 974-3416. For further details about our AMR initiative please visit, pahofoundation.org/initiatives/communicable-disease/antimicrobial-resistance.
About PAHO Foundation
PAHO Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that seeks to strengthen the Pan American Health Organization's ability to improve and save lives in the Americas, and to set an example for the rest of the world in public health philanthropy. The Foundation fully supports the Pan American Health Organization's mission of promoting equity in health, combating disease and improving the health, longevity and quality of life of all the peoples of the Americas.
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