Washington, DC – September 21, 2016 – ASM President, Susan Sharp, Ph.D., joined global leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York today in a historical meeting that will focus on the commitment to fight antimicrobial resistance (AMR). This is the fourth time in the history of the UN that a health topic is discussed at the General Assembly. Previous topics included HIV, non-communicable diseases and Ebola. Heads of State and Heads of Delegations are expected to address the seriousness of the situation and to agree on manageable, cross-cutting approaches to addressing AMR.
AMR has become one of the most eminent threats to global health and a rising concern for healthcare specialists. All around the world, many common infections are becoming resistant to the antimicrobial drugs used to treat them, resulting in higher mortality rates. Additionally, there aren’t enough new antibiotics being developed to replace the older, ineffective ones.
ASM has made AMR a top priority issue and has been advocating for a concerted, multi-sector approach to combat this problem. A letter from ASM was issued to the US Ambassador to the United Nations with key recommendations to support the strongest possible UN action plan against antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Additionally, ASM urged its members to sign a petition sent to the UN by IDSA in support of global efforts to combat AMR.
Moreover, ASM Journals have published key research related to drug-resistant bacteria being found in the U.S. and countries across the world. ASM will also be convening a conference that will focus on antibacterial development in December in Washington, D.C. (image: ASM President, Susan Sharp)
ASM is grateful for all its members and volunteers who are focused on being champions for this cause. Whether by helping build antibiotic stewardship programs (ASP) or promoting appropriate antimicrobial drug use, we thank you for all your efforts.
To learn more about the UN Meeting: http://www.un.org/pga/71/2016/09/21/press-release-hl-meeting-on-antimicrobial-resistance/