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WE NEED YOU to handle antimicrobials with care

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is launching a new global campaign to combat antimicrobial resistance and therefore preserve the capacity of countries to effectively protect animals and humans from infectious diseases. A full toolkit has been created and provided to OIE Member countries to help them raise the awareness on the importance of responsible and prudent use of antimicrobials in animals.

Paris, 16 November 2017- Introduced during the World Antibiotic Awareness Week, the new OIE campaign aims at underlining the initiatives that each animal health stakeholder can take to ensure that antimicrobials are used responsibly and prudently at national level, on the basis of the OIE international Standards dedicated to the responsible and prudent use of antimicrobials in animals, www.oie.int/amrstandards.

Sustainable availability and efficacy of antimicrobials is essential to maintain the health and welfare of animals and humans. The risk that disease-causing agents will develop resistance to antimicrobials increases whenever these precious medicines are used inappropriately and consequently undermines their capacity to treat diseases.

In this context, human, animal and plant sectors have a shared responsibility to prevent or minimise this risk and need to collaborate to ensure that they are handled appropriately when used in humans, animals or plants. That is one of the priorities of the Tripartite commitment between the WHO, the FAO and the OIE implemented since 2010.

In order to help all animal health actors to be aware of their duties and take appropriate action, a wide range of materials has been developed. The Veterinary services of the OIE Member Countries may use them to remind policy makers, veterinarians, the pharmaceutical industry, animal feed manufacturers, as well as wholesalers and retailers of their crucial role. By clarifying the way they can all interact together, the campaign will help them to advocate for responsible and prudent use of antimicrobials in animals through awareness actions in their countries.

The key messages of the campaign highlight the recommendations covered by OIE international Standards seeking for well-structured Veterinary Services and adequate national legislations, therefore ensuring that all countries – including low and middle income countries- have the capacity to fight the AMR threat.

All animal health actors can help! By acting prudently when using antimicrobials, we will preserve their efficacy for our future.

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