[Ip-health] WHA 68: MSF Intervention on Antimicrobial Resistance

Michelle French Michelle.French at newyork.msf.org
Fri May 22 10:58:26 PDT 2015

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WHO 68th World Health Assembly, 2015
Provisional agenda item 15.1. Antimicrobial Resistance
Speaker: Dr Arlene Chua

MSF has documented very resistant bacteria in our projects ranging from 
child nutritional centres in Niger to adult trauma centres in Syria. 
However, there remains a tremendous gap in our ability to diagnose and 
understand the burden of resistance because of the lack of diagnostic 
tools adapted to the contexts where we work.   We have started to use 
polymyxin, considered to be the last line of antibiotics for multi 
resistant infections.

The GAP is an urgent first step towards addressing the systemic challenges 
causing and resulting from AMR. MSF urges WHO and Member States to provide 
the resources needed to fulfil this plan and to coordinate efforts to 
combat AMR. This should include mechanisms for accountability and 

WHO and Member States should take the following actions:

- Provide resources to implement infection control measures at all levels 
of health care, beyond education and training.

- Monitor and address important data on appropriate and inappropriate use 
of antibiotics, including information on access to antibiotics for 
patients who truly need them.

- Ensure affordable access to key vaccines for all LMICs to reduce disease 
burden and the need for antibiotics.

- Revise registration policies for old antibiotics being revived for 
multidrug resistant bacteria, harmonising recommended dosing, and 
promoting manufacturing of quality-assured products.

- Promote development of point-of-care and rapid diagnostic tests for 
resource-limited settings.

- Support the call for innovative mechanisms for R&D of new antibiotics, 
with the immediate establishment of a new product development entity 
ensuring that the cost of R&D is de-linked from the price of resulting 
products and that use of new products is governed by a public health 
framework that ensures conservation while securing affordable access to 
those in need in line with the GSPA and CEWG report.

Now is not the time for business as usual. 


Michelle French
Sr. Communications Manager, MSF Access Campaign
Doctors Without Borders\Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
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