U.N. High-Level Meeting Offers Opportunity For Global Community To Mobilize Around Universal Provision Of Antimicrobials

The Lancet: U.N. High-Level Meeting on antimicrobials — what do we need?
Ramanan Laxminarayan, director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, and senior research scholar and lecturer at Princeton University, and colleagues

“…The [U.N. General Assembly High-Level Meeting of Heads of State] must develop realistic goals, stimulate political will, mobilize resources, and agree on an accountability mechanism for global collective action on [the issue of global access to effective antimicrobials]. … We believe that the [meeting] should establish a U.N. High-Level Coordinating Mechanism on Antimicrobial Resistance (HLCM) with four core functions … First, advocacy is needed to raise awareness about lack of access to antibiotics and drug resistance. … Second, robust monitoring and evaluation is needed on global and national enforceable targets for antimicrobial access, appropriate use, policies implemented, and resistance rates in human, agricultural, veterinary, and environmental sectors. … The third function of the HLCM is mobilization of resources. … The fourth function is multisectoral domestic coordination. … Sustainable access to effective antimicrobials is a key development issue and the September 2016 U.N. General Assembly High-Level Meeting is a rare opportunity to change how we as a global community use the only currently feasible method to treat bacterial infections. It is an opportunity that should not be squandered because of lack of ambition…” (7/16).

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