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International Efforts

Antibiotic resistance the global threat

Antibiotic resistance is a global public health threat. Worldwide, countries are working to address this threat on a global level. Learn more below about some of these efforts.

Transatlantic Taskforce on Antimicrobial Resistance

The Transatlantic Taskforce on Antimicrobial Resistance (TATFAR) was created in 2009 with the goal of improving cooperation between the United States and the European Union in 3 key areas:

  • Appropriate therapeutic use of antimicrobial drugs in medical and veterinary communities
  • Prevention of healthcare and community-associated drug-resistant infections
  • Strategies for improving the pipeline of new antimicrobial drugs

Learn more about TATFAR

World Health Organization

For World Health Day 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) introduced a 6-point policy package to combat the spread of antimicrobial resistance. As part of its core functions, WHO has called together a Strategic and Technical Advisory Group to review and help shape a global strategy to tackle the growing challenge of antimicrobial resistance, and to advise WHO on the coordination role it should be playing in the fight against antimicrobial resistance.

Learn more about WHO’s antimicrobial resistance efforts

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) conducts surveillance for antibiotic-resistant infections in the European Union and European Economic Areas. In addition to playing a key role with TATFAR, ECDC hosts an annual European Antibiotic Awareness Day.

Learn more about ECDC’s antimicrobial resistance efforts

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