PAHO Foundation Project for Mobilizing and Facilitating Multi-Sector Support of AMR Control in LAC

The problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is growing. It is estimated that by 2050, 10 million lives a year and a cumulative 100 trillion USD of economic output are at risk of due to AMR. Low to middle income countries will bear most of the direct impact and much of the indirect impact of AMR.

PAHO Foundation is working with partners to improve multisector collaboration and capacities for AMR, prevention, control and surveillance in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and using its convening role to facilitate the development of national action plans.

PAHO Foundation is working in partnership with PAHO, Ministries of Health and other key stakeholders to deliver on the development of national AMR action plans as called for in the World Health Assembly in 2015 for completion by May 2017. PAHO Foundation is committed to strengthening health systems, building capacity and fostering training and education across all interested and impacted communities.

The project supports the efforts in LAC countries to develop and activate strategies to improve surveillance and diagnosis, contain of resistance, prevent healthcare-associated infections and promote judicious utilization of antimicrobials.

To support the development of effective national AMR planning, the project aims specifically to:

  • Review current surveillance efforts underway in LAC
  • Create strategies to inform solution design for gaps identified
  • Create and test a pilot approach within five countries
  • Create a roadmap and associated time frame for country plan implementation
  • Undertake a review of the pilot projects for efficacy, replicability and scale

PAHO Foundation, with support from IFPMA, FIFARMA, AMIIF and MSD is implementing the “Project for Mobilizing and Facilitating Multi-Sector Support of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Control in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)”. Through this project, PAHO Foundation is leading the development of a multi-sector initiative to support the efforts of Latin America and the Caribbean countries as they strive for effective AMR stewardship.

10 million

people may die every year from bacterial infection in 2050

15 compounds

targeting gram-negative bacteria are currently being developed by IFPMA member companies