Round Table discussion in Turkmenistan: Antimicrobial resistance: No Action today – no cure tomorrow!


A round table discussion on new and effective ways to combat antimicrobial resistance was held by the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan in honor of the World Health Day 2011 theme and in collaboration with the WHO Country Office in Turkmenistan and USAID project on 4 April 2011.

Aims and purposes:

  • to attract attention to the situation related to antimicrobial resistance worldwide and in particular in the European Region;
  • to raise awareness of medical workers on the antimicrobial resistance problems; and
  • to advocate for accelerating efforts on combating antimicrobial resistance in Turkmenistan.

Participants of the Round Table included specialists from the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan, State Sanitary-Epidemiologic Service and journalists from the local media. Participants received the WHO Strategic Action Plan to combat antimicrobial resistance as handout material and shared their experiences on antimicrobial resistance, including combating MDR-TB.

Despite existing knowledge on the subject, the issue requires further research, including the need to conduct fundamental and operational research aimed at receiving information on the scope of the problem in the country. Likewise, it is necessary to build capacity of laboratory services as well as to encourage activities on the development and the introduction of national regulations on antimicrobial drug use as well as strategies to raise awareness among the population.