Resolutions

WPR/RC62.R3

Antimicrobial Resistance

The Regional Committee,

Recalling resolutions WPR/RC53.R5 on Antimicrobial Resistance, WHA51.17 on Emerging and other communicable diseases, WPR/RC61.R4 on the Regional Strategy to Stop Tuberculosis in the Western Pacific (2011–2015), and WHA64.17 on Malaria, which recommended effective actions to combat antimicrobial resistance;

Recognizing that combating antimicrobial resistance remains an important global public health challenge that has not been fully addressed;

Further recognizing that the irrational use and inadequate management of antimicrobial medicines contribute to the development of resistance;

Acknowledging that multidrug-resistant microbes put patients at risk for serious and prolonged illness which can lead to increased health care costs;

Mindful of the need to strengthen laboratory capacity, infection control and surveillance;

Affirming that the WHO Global Strategy for Containment of Antimicrobial Resistance provides a rational context for the development of regional and national action;

Noting that the WHO Director-General's Policy Package to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance can help governments pursue multisectoral strategies to combat drug resistance,

1. ENDORSES the Director-General's Policy Package to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance;

2. URGES Member States:

(1) to take urgent steps to address the issues and challenges of antimicrobial resistance;

(2) to use the Policy Package, as appropriate;

(3) to develop and implement comprehensive and effective national and subnational plans for preventing and controlling antimicrobial resistance, as appropriate;

3. REQUESTS the Regional Director:

(1) to take urgent steps to address the issues and challenges of antimicrobial resistance;

(2) to provide technical cooperation to Member States upon request to prevent and control antimicrobial resistance and its consequences;

(3) to monitor and assess the antimicrobial resistance situation across the Region and report regularly thereon.

Seventh meeting, 13 October 2011


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