General Goals and Outcomes - all Themes:
By the conclusion of the 3rd IDHW participants should leave with a clear sense of key decisions on priorities / needs within the theme; remaining gaps/ challenges/ controversies; List of specific tasks/ actions to be undertaken over the next two years, by whom; and a clear understanding of how they, personally, will help achieve the desired outcomes.
Please see: 3rd IDHW_Program Overview, Schedule, Themes and Speakers for further information.
Education and Communication Theme: Antimicrobial Resistance/ Prudent Use of Antibiotics
Integrating information from various sources for demography, prevalence, risks, severity, duration, geographic and temporal variation and other population-level information.
- Working Group Coordinator(s): Gilles Chaudieu, France; IPFD/SCC Steering Committee Liaison: Gregoire Leroy; Brenda Bonnett
- Resource persons: Dr. Xavier Levy and Dr. J.F. Rousselot;
- Facilitator: Jason Stull, USA (also Plenary Speaker)
- Notetaker: Annika Klang, Sweden (multi-lingual)
Keys To This Theme
“On 21 September 2016, the President of the UN General Assembly convenes an one-day high-level meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York on “Antimicrobial Resistance“, with the participation of Member States, non-governmental organizations, civil society, the private sector and academic institutions, in order to provide input (link). The primary objective of the meeting is to summon and maintain strong national, regional and international political commitment in addressing antimicrobial resistance comprehensively and multi-sectorally, and to increase and improve awareness of antimicrobial resistance.”
Clearly the issues of antimicrobial resistance (AR) and prudent use of antibiotics (PUA), are global and cross national and species boundaries. Human and veterinary practitioners should share information on AR/PUA, but its practical application could be improved. Although many authorities and organizations are creating rules and guidelines for health care practitioners, there has been inadequate recognition that there has to be education and re-education of practitioners and consumers; long-standing attitudes and behaviours must be changed. Veterinarians need to work collaboratively with breeders to effect change; this will require enhanced communication between these stakeholder groups. Creative and effective education must take place and all stakeholders need both information and tools to take action for prudent use of antimicrobials.
- Determine resources and needs for innovative and effective education and communication within and across stakeholder groups
- Identify specific international collaboration and actions to accomplish goals identified during breakout sessions.
The topic ‘Antimicrobial Resistance/ Prudent Use of Antibiotics’ has been chosen to identify/ highlight, e.g.:
- What strategies are most effective in not only educating but also changing long-held attitudes and beliefs?
- Are there challenges because of a possible disconnect between veterinarians and breeders? How can this be addressed
- Where is international collaboration most needed, e.g., what key messages need to be sent globally?
- What are the most effective tools to widely share information/ expertise; to prevent redundancy of efforts and to create change? Are there existing materials, approaches and tools which can be shared?
- How can we monitor the impact of the tools/ change of behaviours to determine if efforts are being successful? Do we need to develop metrics?
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