Communicable Diseases

Communicable Diseases Framework

Antimicrobial Resistance

PAHO Foundation (the Foundation) recognizes the significant global public health threat of antibiotic misuse and overuse throughout human and animal health systems. Impacts include widespread resistance to antibiotics, more intensive treatments, greater economic burden, and the increase in untreatable illness in the Americas. The Foundation collaborates with strategic partners in the region to address these challenges by using integrated approaches that strengthen local efforts and create capacity across multiple sectors.

To assess the state of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, the Foundation conducted a meta-analysis that spanned over the course of several months. The meta-analysis gathered information from a multitude of different research papers, abstracts, reports, and texts to draw a well-rounded review on regional gaps in AMS and potential challenges in addressing AMR. This meta-analysis represents a critical step in the Foundation's Innovation Framework for Improving Public Health in LAC©, which is the "Assessment: Identification of Gaps and Opportunities. Check out the infographic below for key highlights from the meta-analysis.