Jorge Pinto Ferreira from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), EFFORT external advisory board member was invited as speaker at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) focusing on policy-related health issues.
In his presentation, he highlighted three key messages:
- The need for surveillance of both antimicrobial usage and resistance, and integrated analysis of the results
- Surveillance applying metagenomics compared to e.g. indicator E. coli has pros and cons
- The need for capacity building in low-income countries to design and operate efficient surveillance programs for both AMU and AMR (collaboration and harmonization)
During the meeting, stakeholders coming from a wide range of geographical origins and professional activities, explored the challenges of developing and implementing AMR surveillance efforts as well as examples of best practices. The presentation triggeted strong interest in the upcoming course on the use of metagenomics for the surveillance of AMR, as well as in the final EFFORT conference, to happen in November, in Utrecht Netherlands - stay tuned for the upcoming news!