Workshop on Integrated Surveillance Framework for Antimicrobial Resistance, Lusaka, Zambia (2019)

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.

Agenda (.pdf)


For more details please contact

Dr. Rajeshwari Sinha
Deputy Programme Manager
Food Safety and Toxins Programme
Centre for Science and Environment


Setting the context

By: Chandra Bhushan, Deputy Director General, CSE

AMR surveillance in food animals and environment: policies, systems and tools

By: Amit Khurana, Director, Food Safety and Toxins Programme, CSE

AMR surveillance in India

Dr Anuj Sharma, Technical Officer - Antimicrobial Resistance

Quality Assurance of Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing

By: Anuj Sharma, WHO Country Office for India

CSE perspective on AMR surveillance framework and strategy

By: Dr Rajeshwari Sinha, Deputy Programme Manager, Centre for Science and Environment

IIntegrated AMR and AMU surveillance in Denmark

By: Flemming Bager, Head of division for Risk Assessment and Nutrition

Integrated AMR surveillance for foodborne bacteria in Africa: Guidance from AGISAR

By: Sam Kariuki, Chief Research Officer and Chair, Global Antimicrobial Resistance Partnership-Kenya

Quantifying antibiotic use in food animal production

By: Coilin Nunan, Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics

WHONET Software for surveillance of microbial populations and antimicrobial resistance

By: John Stelling, MD, MPH, Brigham and Women’s Hospital,

Zambia's AMR NAP & Integrated Surveilance Strateg

By: Kapona Otridah, LS-CD/National AMR Focal Point & Coordinator Zambia National Public Health Institute-MoH