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CPA AMR Webinar 1: Role of Pharmacists in tackling antimicrobial resistance...

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Following the positive response from 95% of our AMR survey respondents, requesting an AMR webinar series, we are excited to announce the details of our first ever webinar! And what's more, it's free to sign up!

The first webinar in this series will investigate the pharmacists' role in tackling AMR around the Commonwealth and beyond. Our AMR advisor, Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope will provide and overview of this topic before inviting others from around the Commonwealth to discuss their own experience and plans to tackle AMR. This presents a great opportunity to share best practices and help support the profession around the Commonwealth and beyond in doing thier part to tackle this real threat to global health security.

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Confirmed Speakers include

UK - Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope, Advisor Commonwealth Pharmacy Association, Lead Pharmacist, AMR Programme Public Health England

WHO AFRO - Mr Charles Sasita, facilitator in training of national focus points for AMR

Malaysia - Dr Syamhanin bt Adnan, Senior Clinical Pharmacist and Head of Department of the Sungei Buloh Hospital, Kuala Lumpur

India - Dr Subhash C. Mandal, Chairman, Regulatory Affairs Division of Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA) & President, Indian Pharmaceutical Association, Bengal Branch

Sri Lanka - Ms Sakeena Hameem. Researcher into role of Pharmacy in tackling AMR in Sri Lanka

Malawi - Miss Cecilia Sambakunsi

Trinidad and Tobago - Dr. Patricia Sealy, lecturer in the School of Pharmacy, UWI and Education Chair, Pharmaceutical Society of Trinindad and Tobago

Nepal - Mr Bimal Prajapati PhD scholar researching AMR at University of Groningen and Mr Anup Luitel, Head, International Section, Nepal Pharmaceutical Association (NPA)

Other Speakers TBC

Antimicrobial Resistance:

It is shocking to think that by 2050 as many people are predicted to be dying of infections as cancer if antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is not tackled now. On the 21st September 2016, 193 countries of the United Nations agreed a landmark declaration to rid the world of superbugs. Without urgent action it is conceivable that simple infections could soon become entirely untreatable with existing drugs.

Experts predict that this global commitment could prevent 700,000 deaths a year. The Commonwealth now has their own Policy Brief on AMR, and in the two years that have been allotted to reporting back with an action plan in response to the United Nations declaration there is a need to work together in the collaborative spirit of the Commonwealth to ensure that these action plans are not only well thought out and effective but fully engage health care professionals and the public on the ground to maximize success, ensuring action follows commitment.

A global action plan on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) was endorsed at the World Health Assembly in May 2015. This plan aims to ensure that the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases with safe and effective medicines continues, based on five strategic objectives.

Pharmacists and pharmacy teams have a key role in tackling AMR, often being the last health professional a patient sees before taking an antibiotic. What can we do to effectively help tackle this major global health securty threat? Join us to find out and discuss what we can do in collaboration across international boarders!

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