On Friday, 27th March the United States of America released an official 5 year strategy to combat antibacterial resistance. The move comes after the recognition of antibacterial resistance as a major global health threat, and the 2016 budget proposal released in January that proposes $1.2 billion (USD) funding for antibiotic resistance. The goals of the 5 year strategy are as follows;
1. Slow the emergence of resistant bacteria and prevent the spread of resistant infections
2. Strengthen national One-Health surveillance efforts to combat resistance
3. Advance development and use of rapid and innovative diagnostic tests for identification and characterization of resistant bacteria
4. Accelerate basic and applied research and development for new antibiotics, other therapeutics, and vaccines
5. Improve international collaboration and capacities for antibiotic-resistance prevention, surveillance, control, and antibiotic research and development
Click here to access the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.
Click here for the press release.