Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Surveillance in Southeast Asia (State of Play and Policy Note)
The aim of this report is to highlight AMR activities in ASEAN member states and to identify key players within each country, in order to facilitate the establishment of a coherent strategy for collaboration. In order to identify key areas, we have reached out to each member state and identified the key organisation(s) supporting the national action plan or activity and scientific experts in the field of AMR. A country profile was created based on discussions, a questionnaire and a review of existing publications. This helps to identify the current level of engagement from each country on this issue, and their existing collaborations. It provides an insight into current strengths, weaknesses, gaps and challenges.
This was further complemented by a roundtable involving ASEAN member states, regional networks, international organisations and funding programmes. This was organised in conjunction with the ASEAN-EU Science Technology and Innovation Days (STI Days) 2016, 10-12 May 2016 in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Participants included representations from ASEAN member states, researchers working on human and animal health, the European Commission, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the UK’s Department of Health, the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR), the Fleming Fund, the Longitude Prize, and the Southeast Asia One Health University Network (SEAOHUN).
The collated profiles were distributed as a non-paper during the roundtable for further review, and condensed into this State of Play on AMR Research and Surveillance. Other outputs include (i) a policy note on key areas for ASEAN-EU collaboration on AMR, and; (ii) a call for action by the roundtable.
This report serves as a guide to support regional collaboration by understanding the research and surveillance needs of the region, and identify where future programmes may have greatest impact.