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HHS Challenge Combats Antibiotic, Antimicrobial Resistance

A yearlong global initiative will challenge governments, private industries, and nongovernmental organizations to collaborate to reduce antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance (AR and AMR, respectively).

Led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the AMR Challenge launched in September at the United Nations General Assembly. Institutions are encouraged to commit to actionable change in one of five areas:

  • tracking and data: improving data collection and sharing;
  • infection prevention and control: reducing the spread of resistant germs;
  • antibiotic use: promoting appropriate antibiotic use and ensuring access to these drugs;
  • environment and sanitation: decreasing antibiotic use and resistance by improving sanitation; and
  • vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics: investing in development and improving access.

Organizations can make commitments through September 2019. Commitments will be featured on the CDC website.

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About the Author

Emily Schweich is a communications manager at America's Essential Hospitals.

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