Lao PDR insight: 1st Multi-sectoral Workshop on Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance

Lao PDR insight: 1st Multi-sectoral Workshop on Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance

Lao People’s Democratic Republic held its 1st Multi-sectoral Workshop on Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance during the World Antibiotic Awareness Week

Vientiane Capital|30 November 2016 – The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry jointly organized the 1st Multi-sectoral Workshop on Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) during the World Antibiotic Awareness Week this year. The global tripartite of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and the World Health Organization (WHO) at both country and regional levels coordinated closely to support this first multisectoral workshop.

 

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Caption: Dr Bounlay Phommasack, Director of Department of Communicable Disease of Ministry of Health (middle) chaired the meeting on the first day. Dr Sithong Phiphakkhavong, Deputy Director-General of Department and Livestock and Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (second from left) chaired on the second day.

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Caption: Participants at the workshop pledge to use antibiotic responsibly

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Caption: Dr Bounlay Phommasack, Director of Department of Communicable Disease of Ministry of Health #AMRPledge

Dr Bounlay set the scene in his opening remarks, “AMR is a problem not just in our hospitals, but in animal rearing and agriculture use, so it is in our food too. We must all shoulder our share of responsibility, by using antimicrobials more responsibly and by cutting down on the need to use them.”

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Caption: Dr Sithong Phiphakkhavong – Deputy Director-General of Department and Livestock and Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry presented on the use of antibiotic in animal rearing and agriculture

 

Dr Sithong said that “An alarming 70 per cent of antimicrobial medicines used in Lao People’s Democratic Republic are used in animal health.  Regulation should be in place to curb this excessive use.”

 

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Caption: Participants from across MOH and MAF departments worked together to identify the key actions needed to combat AMR

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Caption: The diverse background of the participants ensured that all areas of antimicrobial resistance were discussed during the workshop

The multi-sectoral workshop brought together participants from the animal and human health sectors to work on developing a national strategy and action plan for AMR.

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