Armenia spreads awareness on antimicrobial resistance
21 November 2021
An intergovernmental working meeting took place with the support of FAO and WHO.
To spread the word and stop resistance of antimicrobial drugs in agriculture, an intergovernmental working meeting was called on 19 November in Yerevan, Armenia with technical support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The meeting aimed to discuss the main directions of the strategy for prevention of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and prevention for the period of 2023–2027 and the intergovernmental activities envisaged by 2021–2026 Action Plan of the Government.
Celebrated between 18–24 November each year, the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week aims to increase awareness of global antimicrobial resistance and encourage prudent use of antimicrobial substances among the general public, health workers, farmers, animal health professionals, and policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections.
Among the participants were representatives from the RA Ministry of Health, Ministry of Economy, Food Safety Inspection Body, Ministry of Environment and international organizations.
“Globally, the use of antibiotics for livestock greatly exceeds that for humans,” said Zaruhi Beglaryan, National Program Manager in Armenia. “While the data on the prevalence of antimicrobial resistance in food and agriculture sector in Armenia is scarce, FAO is supporting the government of Armenia in building national surveillance and laboratory capacities for antimicrobial resistance.”
Since 2017, FAO is implementing a regional project in five recipient countries (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan) to reduce the advance of antimicrobial resistance in food and agriculture. The project aims to engage the food and agriculture sector in selected countries to support the development and implementation of National Action Plans on AMR, with a focus on several key factors: strengthening regulatory platforms and legislation; capacity of national laboratories to collect and use data on antimicrobial use, AMR and antimicrobial residues; improving practices to minimize the need for and use of antimicrobials and to prevent transmission of AMR along the food chain; and strategic advocacy and multi-sectoral coordination for a One Health approach to address the risks of AMR to people, animals, plants and the environment.
UN entities involved in this initiative
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations