Session Date: April 21, 2021
Session Description: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a multifaceted global health security threat requiring a multisectoral response grounded in the One Health Approach. The Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) uses two global tools to guide its work in supporting countries with their AMR response—the WHO’s Joint External Evaluation (JEE) tool and the Benchmarks for International Health Regulations Capacities. The session will highlight the current and future threats posed by AMR, and explain the GHSA initiative and its use of the two tools to help raise country capacity in an evidence-based manner to contain AMR. The session will then discuss USAID MTaPS’ collaboration with the national stakeholders in the application of these tools in Côte d’Ivoire to guide GHSA-supported interventions in strengthening the country’s capacity in three areas—multisectoral coordination (MSC), infection prevention and control (IPC), and antimicrobial stewardship (AMS). MSC, IPC and AMS are among the major areas that the WHO Global Action Plan on AMR and the national action plans across the world include as critical strategies for the containment of AMR. Although the content in this session focuses on the Global Health Security track, it also directly aligns with the Health Systems, Cross-Sectoral Engagement, and Other Infectious Disease technical tracks, therefore having the potential to be cross-cutting.