WHO supports Tajikistan in developing national AMR action plan

WHO/Khadicha Boymatova

On 22–25 August 2016, WHO experts on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) held a series of meetings in Tajikistan to support the country’s development of a national action plan on AMR.

The visit had 2 objectives.

  1. Support the creation of the action plan and discuss targeted policy options.
  2. Follow up on the progress achieved during the past few years with regards to the country’s AMR workplan.

Dr Danilo Lo Fo Wong, Programme Manager on Control of AMR at WHO/Europe, and Dr Lars Blad, an international AMR policy expert, met with representatives of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population. They conducted a technical workshop and held individual meetings with representatives of an intersectoral working group on the development of the action plan. Participants formulated the draft plan’s objectives and actions, using WHO templates disseminated in advance of the meeting.

Next steps

Under the guidance of WHO/Europe’s AMR programme, Dr Blad will continue to provide both remote and on-site support to the development of the national action plan. All stakeholders agreed on a timeframe for the development process and committed to finalize the draft plan by the end of 2016. The Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population expects to report to the World Health Assembly in May 2017 on the status of the plan.

About the working group

The Government of Tajikistan initiated the process of developing a national action plan on AMR in alignment with WHO’s Global action plan on AMR. The Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population established and participates in a multisectoral and multidisciplinary working group. The group also includes key technical stakeholders from the veterinary sector of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, and the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies.