A Global Antimicrobial Conservation Fund for Low- and Middle-Income Countries

by Marc Mendelson, Osman A. Dar, Steven J. Hoffman et al.
International Journal of Infectious Diseases 51 (2016) 70–72, October 2016

3 pp. 391 kB

On 21st September 2016, for only the 4th time in history, a health topic took centre stage at a United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) high-level meeting where heads of state are present. The main focus was on antibiotic resistance (AMR). The involvement of the UN underlines the significance of this threat to public health, food security, global economic growth, and progress towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The authors recommend the formation of a Global Antimicrobial Conservation Fund to complement the tranche of innovation funds that have recently been announced. Rather than this being a permanent flow of funds, which is unsustainable, a conservation fund would provide transitional financial and technical support to build capacities and programs within the poorest countries, which would then be taken over domestically as possible.

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