What: World Health Day 2011 is dedicated to antimicrobial resistance, a major threat to patient care and disease control throughout the world. Antimicrobial resistance is a significant obstacle to success in controlling HIV, malaria and tuberculosis—three of the world's leading infectious killers. This serious problem also makes it more difficult to treat hospital-acquired infections, facilitates the emergence of "superbugs" that are resistant to major antibiotics, and creates the need for new, more expensive and more complex treatments.
World Health Day 2011 seeks to raise awareness of factors that contribute to antimicrobial resistance, to build commitment to common solutions across diseases, and to encourage the implementation of policies and practices that can prevent and contain antimicrobial resistance.
When: Thursday, April 7, 9.30 am to 12 pm.
Where: Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) HQs
525 Twenty-third Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Who: Welcome Remarks
- Mirta Roses, Director, PAHO/WHO (live from Montevideo, Uruguay)
- Jon Kim Andrus, Deputy Director, PAHO/WHO
- Anthony S. Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH
- Claudia Palacios, CNN Correspondent
Round table: Antimicrobial resistance, a hidden burden
- Marcos Espinal, PAHO/WHO (Moderator)
- Marcelo Galas (Argentina): AMR Surveillance in Latin America
- Orlando Urroz (Costa Rica): Prevention of AMR dissemination in health care settings
- Susan Foster (USA): Challenges for care and impact of AMR in health care costs
- Joseph Campos (USA): Role of the microbiology laboratories in the detection of AMR, ASM
- Omar Sued, (PAHO/WHO): Impact of resistance on treatment schemes and costs: an example from the HIV field
Round Table: Antimicrobial utilization in the Framework of a comprehensive strategy for the Rational Use of Medicines
- José Luis Di Fabio (PAHO/WHO) and Perla M. de Buschiazzo (Argentina)
- James Fitzgerald (PAHO/WHO): Main achievements in the rational use of medicines and the implementation of a comprehensive strategy
- Guillermo González (Nicaragua): The National Strategic Plan of Nicaragua
- Others speakers will refer to other countries' situation on the topic.