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High proportions of antimicrobial resistance to common treatments have been reported in bacteria found in health care settings and in communities worldwide. For more than two decades, the Region of the Americas has been a pioneer in confronting antimicrobial resistance from a public health perspective but, despite the proposals, initiatives, and efforts made, additional work is required to impact the containment of antimicrobial resistance and to quantify this impact. In order to provide guidelines to contain and reduce the impact of antimicrobial resistance and, as much as possible, to ensure continuation of the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases with safe and effective quality drugs, used responsibly and made available to those who need them, countries in the Americas endorsed a Regional Plan of Action during the last 54 PAHO Directing Council (October 2015). In this presentation, Dr. Pardo will describe this Regional Plan of Action, including a discussion of the Latin American Network for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance program, an established laboratory network in the region.
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Presenter: Dr. Pilar Ramon-Pardo
Dr. Pilar Ramon-Pardo is a specialist in infectious diseases with additional training in epidemiology. Presently, she is advisor on clinical management of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance; IHR, epidemic alert and response, and water-borne diseases, Pan American Health Organization based in Washington, DC.
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