GARP: International Congress for Infectious Diseases Symposium

Explore presentations from the CDDEP symposium "Antibiotic Resistance: National Actions Contribute to a Global Solution"

Health ministry representatives, GARP working group members and scientific experts from India, Kenya, Nepal, Mozambique and South Africa spoke on March 3 at the International Congress for Infectious Diseases in Hyderabad, India about their countries' journeys toward national action plans to curb antibiotic resistance. The sympsium was chaired by Ramanan Laxminarayan of CDDEP and Chand Wattal of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi.

Speakers included:
NK Ganguly, former head of the Indian Council of Medical Research and distinguished scientist 
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South Africa
Dr. Marc Mendelson, South African Antibiotic Stewardship Program
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Professor Revathi Gunturu, Aga Khan University Hospital and GARP working group member 
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Team Leader, Infection Prevention and Control, Ministry of Health of Kenya, Dr. Rachel Kamau
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Deputy Minister of Health of Mozambique, Dr. Mouzinho Saide 
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Minister of Health and Population of Nepal, Mr. Ram Janam Chaudhari - View presentation
Dr. Paras Pokharel, Vice-Chair, GARP-Nepal, B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan - View presentation
Hellen Gelband, Associate Director, CDDEP, summarized the session: “Antibiotic resistance is a very big task for the government alone, and what we have tried to do is create a deliberate process of knowledge gathering and collaboration that is never antagonistic to the government, but complementary.”
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