Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the surveillance, prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance: a global survey

  04 September 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a substantial impact on health systems. The WHO Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Surveillance and Quality Assessment Collaborating Centres Network conducted a survey to assess the effects of COVID-19 on AMR surveillance, prevention and control.

This was the first survey to explore the global impact of COVID-19 on AMR among GLASS countries. Responses highlight important actions to help ensure that AMR remains a global health priority, including engaging with GLASS to facilitate reliable AMR surveillance data, seizing the opportunity to develop more sustainable IPC programmes, promoting integrated antibiotic stewardship guidance, leveraging increased laboratory capabilities and other system-strengthening efforts.

Author(s): Sara Tomczyk, Angelina Taylor, Allison Brown, Marlieke E A de Kraker, Aiman El-Saed, Majid Alshamrani, Rene S Hendriksen, Megan Jacob, Sonja Löfmark, Olga Perovic, Nandini Shetty, Dawn Sievert, Rachel Smith, John Stelling, Siddhartha Thakur, Ann Christin Vietor
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