Combat antibiotic resistance - no action today, no cure tomorrow. World Health Day 2011 activities in Tajikistan

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Intersectoral conference

In cooperation with the Ministry of Health, the WHO Country Office in Tajikistan organized an intersectoral conference dedicated to the celebration of the World Health Day on 7 April 2011. “The aim of the conference was to raise public awareness on the issues of antimicrobial resistance and to call for urgent action to improve the health of population. Representatives from ministries and departments, international organizations, donors working in the field of strengthening health systems and the mass media attended the event.

The conference was opened by the First Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Jobirova S.B, who highlighted antimicrobial resistance as a complex and actual problem based on many interrelated factors that require urgent multisectoral action and an effective coordination framework.

Dr Pavel Ursu, WHO Representative in Tajikistan during his presentation stressed the global and regional public health aspects of antimicrobial resistance based on latest evidence and presented the WHO/Europe view on the possible action framework to counteract the phenomenon. Involving the relevant partners, especially food industry, strengthening the coordination based on a national action plan to improve surveillance and rational use of antibiotics, infection control measures in health care settings, research, innovation as well as public awareness are key pillars for fighting against antimicrobial resistance. 

All information materials and publications prepared by WHO/Europe including the booklet “Tackling antibiotic resistance from a food safety perspective” in English and Russian (summary) were distributed to participants.
Mr Sattorov S, Director of the Tajik Scientific Research Institute of the Preventive Medicine in Tajikistan presented the changing pattern of the pathogens resistance to most frequently used antibiotics based on laboratory researches conducted at the country level.

WHO appealed to all relevant stakeholders, including policy-makers, health care workers, academic society, veterinarians, agricultural workers, pharmacists to join forces in overcoming the negative trends based on effective public polices, evidence and ethical considerations.

In conclusion, the conference stressed the importance of the development of a national action plan and strengthening coordination structures to ensure the sharing of relevant information for evidence-based decision making on the topic of antimicrobial resistance. WHO and its development partners will provide necessary technical and financial support to this important process.

Health workers forum

The Tajik State Medical University “Abuali ibn Sino”, together with WHO Country Office in Tajikistan organized a special scientific forum dedicated to World Health Day 2011 with participation of the teaching staff of the university, doctors of the research centers and hospitals of the country as well as senior undergraduate students.

The different presentations on resistance of antibiotics based on the situation and reports of the scientific assessments conducted in the country showed a high interest of participants and importance of the urgent action. The participants had an opportunity to discuss the information provided by WHO on the occasion of World Health Day 2011, read the recent information materials, highlight the relevance and importance of a more detailed research agenda to inform the policy making as well as strengthening the university curricula in the area of pharmaceutical prescription practices, clinical guidelines and evidence based medicine.

Country Coordination Mechanism meeting

In his capacity of Country Coordination Mechanism (CCM) member, on the occasion of the World Health Day 2011, Dr Pavel Ursu made a presentation for the CCM members about the messages and recommendations from World Health Day 2011. Antimicrobial resistance as a challenge to the effective implementation of the TB, HIV and malaria control programmes in Tajikistan has been stressed by CCM members, and appreciation was given to the proposed framework for actions presented. CCM, established to oversee of the Global Fund to Fight TB, HIV/AIDS and Malaria, is progressively taking on the overall intersectoral coordination functions for health system strengthening and addressing social health determinants as a means to support the National Health Sector Development Programme 2010-2020 with assistance from WHO and development partners.