Public Health Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance
Overview of the Action Plan
The Action Plan is a blueprint for specific, coordinated, federal actions to address the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance in the United States. In the Action Plan, the Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (ITFAR) addresses the three areas of federal action: surveillance, prevention and control; research; and regulatory pathways for new products. The Action Plan outlines goals and actions that the participating federal agencies and departments are pursuing or planning to pursue in an effort to respond to the complex public health risk posed by antimicrobial resistance.
Following each of the goals listed for each focus area are several action items that define topic areas for specific projects or implementation steps. Wherever possible, action items are populated with specific projects or implementation steps to provide greater specificity for planned federal activities. The action items, projects and implementation steps do not represent an exhaustive list of activities. Project lists will be updated annually, and actions will be updated every two years.
Overarching Goal: In order to develop and implement effective control strategies there must be 1) continuous or periodic monitoring of infections caused by antimicrobial resistant (AR) microorganisms, 2) comprehensive knowledge of the use of antimicrobial agents across all sectors and 3) the capacity to develop, evaluate and implement effective prevention and containment strategies nationally and globally.
Overarching Goal: Encourage, conduct and support basic and translational research to enhance our understanding of factors leading to the development of AR microorganisms, their transmission in various settings and optimal modes of prevention, diagnosis and therapy.
Overarching Goal: Encourage the development of products for bacterial disease to improve our capacity to diagnose, prevent and treat infections, including infections caused by resistant microorganisms.
- Page last reviewed: July 14, 2014
- Page last updated: July 17, 2014
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