Antimicrobial Resistance

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Antimicrobial agents are essential drugs to combat infections in humans and animals. In recent decades, the world has been confronted with the accelerated emergence of resistant bacteria, viruses and parasites due to the overuse and misuse of antimicrobial agents. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is currently posing an extraordinary threat not only to human and animal health, but also to the world ecosystem. A shared responsibility from the human, animal and plant sectors is required to minimize pressure for the selection of AMR factors under the One Health approach from regional, national to international levels.

Regional Activities

The OIE Regional Representation for Asia and the Pacific and the OIE Sub-Regional Representation for South East Asia have been organising activities on AMR and AMU (antimicrobial usage) since 2018 to support the OIE Members in the region drive the agenda of AMR/AMU.

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Members’ National Action Plans for AMR


World Antibiotic Awareness Week

18-24 November 2019

The World Antibiotic Awareness Week is a week to raise awareness of the health risks posed by antibiotic resistance and to promote good practice in this area of concern, in efforts to limit the emergence and spread of resistant bacteria throughout the world.

The Members’ activities during the WAAW 2019

OIE Communication Materials in several languages

OIE’s role in combating AMR

  1. Promote responsible and prudent use of antimicrobial agents to preserve their therapeutic efficacy and prolong their use in both animals and humans
  2. Develop inter-departmental standards on AMR
  3. Monitoring the qualities of antimicrobial agents used
  4. Develop standards and guidelines to provide methodologies for OIE member countries to appropriately address the risk of the emergency or spread of resistance bacteria that result from the use of antimicrobial agents in food-producing animals
  5. Build a global database on antimicrobial agents intended for animal use as supported by FAO and WHO within the tripartite collaboration.

Resources and more information

OIE AMR Portal

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The OIE Strategy

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Global Action Plan on AMR

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