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SECID in close collaboration with other CORDS networks (APEIR, EAIDSNet, MBDS, MECIDS, SACIDS) and partners, and with support from the Fleming Fund, is implementing a project addressing antimicrobial resistance surveillance (AMR) in Africa and Asia, which is called PARSE – the Partnership for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Excellence.

Severe acute respiratory syndrome corona virus 2 (SARS-CoV2) is showing us what can happen when people around the globe are infected with a virus for which there is neither a treatment nor a vaccine – as is also the case with AMR. This should make us all pay attention, because although AMR has developed more slowly, its impact can be devastating. In AMR, like in COVID-19, the most vulnerable among us are most at risk for negative outcomes.

SECID and other network members of CORDS, along with trusted partners from POHA, BOHC, and EMPHNET, convened in Bangkok in December 2019 to strategize implementation of the Fleming Fund CORDS AMR Regional Grant. During spring 2020 they conducted a mapping and gap analysis of current AMR surveillance systems and opportunities in 17 countries of Africa and Asia. The mapping of existing AMR surveillance systems helped to identify i) different approaches for monitoring emergence and spread of AMR, including the range of baseline data, ii) models and mechanisms for AMR surveillance, capacity building in the different country or regional settings, iii) opportunities to develop common, One Health surveillance protocols. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, PARSE partners have been committed to continue the work, employing strategies such as conducting interviews virtually and working with local experts rather than going on field visits.

Based on mapping and gap analysis results and review of existing guidelines, SECID and other PARSE partners are currently developing common protocols and SOPS and identifying pilot locations.