The Food Safety and Toxins Team at CSE organized a Workshop on Integrated Surveillance Framework for Antimicrobial Resistance, in collaboration with the Zambia national Public Health institute, Ministry of Health, Zambia. The workshop was held at Lusaka from March 4-6, 2019.
The three-fold objective of the workshop included understanding best practices and policies, systems and tools for implementation of National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), facilitating cross learning among nations on AMR and strengthening the integrated AMR surveillance framework for Zambia.
The workshop was officially opened by the Honourable Minister of Health in Zambia, Chitalu Chilufya, and recognized by other dignitaries such as the Permanent Secretary-Health for Zambia, Kennedy Malama; the Indian High Commissioner to Zambia, N J Gangte; WHO Country Representative, Nathan Bakyaita; FAO Country Representative, George Okechi; Director of the Zambia National Public Health Institute, Victor Mukonka and Deputy Director General , CSE, Chandra Bhushan.
There was extensive participation from different stakeholders in Zambia (health, food, fisheries, livestock, agriculture, drug control, environment sectors) and also from different Zambian provinces such as Copperbelt, Central Province and Southern Province. In addition, the workshop saw participation from about 10 countries from Africa, Europe, Asia and the America. These included Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Denmark, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States of America, and India. Participants deliberated for three days through presentations, panel discussions, class exercises to prioritize the AMR National Action Plan for Zambia, develop an understanding of baseline information available/needed in Zambia w.r.t. AMR surveillance, and develop an integrated AMR surveillance framework for the country.
During the workshop, a Memorandum of Understanding was also signed between the Zambia Environment Management Agency (ZEMA) and CSE.
For more details please contact
Dr. Rajeshwari Sinha
Deputy Programme Manager
Food Safety and Toxins Programme
Centre for Science and Environment
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