Ethiopia's Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) Fight: Uniting Forces for Health Security Since 2017!

Ethiopia's Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) Fight: Uniting Forces for Health Security Since 2017!

Ethiopia is stepping up its efforts to tackle the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) with a comprehensive approach involving government agencies, healthcare professionals, and international partners. Led by the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Ethiopia Public Health Institute (EPHI), the country is implementing robust surveillance systems and collaborative initiatives to combat AMR.

In response to the urgent need to address AMR, Ethiopia has intensified efforts to monitor and control the spread of resistant bacterial infections. Since 2017, the MoH and EPHI have been working closely with international partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO), to strengthen laboratory-based surveillance systems across the country.

The recent annual review meeting held on February 26-27, 2024, brought together key stakeholders from government ministries, healthcare institutions, and professional associations to assess progress and identify areas for improvement. Dr. Dereje Dhuguma, the honorable state minister of Health, emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts in strengthening AMR surveillance and response capabilities.

Aschalew Abayneh speaking on behalf of WHO Ethiopia Representative a.i. Dr. Nonhlanhla Dlamini said "Antimicrobial resistance is a silent pandemic, and our collective efforts to address it are essential for safeguarding global public health."

Dr. Mesay Hailu, Director General of EPHI, highlighted the economic and healthcare system burdens posed by AMR, underscoring the need for sustained efforts to combat this global threat. 

Representatives from the agriculture sector also emphasized the impact of AMR on food security, emphasizing the importance of a coordinated response across sectors.

Technical sessions at the meeting focused on research findings, technological advancements, and antimicrobial stewardship programs aimed at promoting responsible antimicrobial use. Participants discussed strategies to address challenges in surveillance, including the standardization of testing methods and the enhancement of laboratory capacity.

Looking ahead, Ethiopia remains committed to strengthening its AMR surveillance systems and collaboration networks to mitigate the threat of antimicrobial resistance. Through sustained efforts and partnerships with international organizations, the country aims to safeguard public health and ensure a healthier future for its citizens and the global community.

WHO expresses sincere gratitude for the invaluable financial support received from the Pandemic Fund. With the generous contributions from the Pandemic Fund, WHO can continue the vital work in preventing, detecting, and responding to outbreaks, ultimately safeguarding the health and well-being of communities.

Technical contacts
Dr TAREQ, Ahmad
Technical Officer, UHC Cluster 
Dr Abiy Girmay Haddis
Surveillance and Early Warning Lead, EPR Cluster

Dr Mohammed Ibrahim ABDIKADIR

One Health focal point 

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Alemtsehay Zergaw Gebremichael

Communications Officer
WHO Ethiopia
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