Strengthening multisectoral coordination on antimicrobial resistance: a landscape analysis of efforts in 11 countries

  30 March 2021

Increasingly, there has been recognition that siloed approaches focusing mainly on human health are ineffective for global antimicrobial resistance (AMR) containment efforts. The inherent complexities of AMR containment warrant a coordinated multisectoral approach. However, how to institutionalize a country’s multisectoral coordination across sectors and between departments used to working in silos is an ongoing challenge. This paper describes the technical approach used by a donor-funded program to strengthen multisectoral coordination on AMR in 11 countries as part of their efforts to advance the objectives of the Global Health Security Agenda and discusses some of the challenges and lessons learned.

A lot of learning still needs to be done to identify best practices for building mutual trust and adequately balancing the priorities of individual ministries with cross-cutting issues. Nevertheless, this paper provides some practical ideas for countries and implementing partners seeking to improve multisectoral coordination on AMR. It also demonstrates that the WHO benchmark actions, although not intended as an exhaustive list of recommendations, provide adequate guidance for increasing countries’ capacity for effective multisectoral coordination on AMR in a standardized manner.

Author(s): Mohan P. Joshi, Tamara Hafner, Gloria Twesigye, Antoine Ndiaye, Reuben Kiggundu, Negussu Mekonnen, Ndinda Kusu, Safoura Berthé, Edgar Peter Lusaya, Alphonse Acho, Robert Tuala Tuala, Ayasha Siddiqua, Henri Kaboré, Soukeyna Sadiya Aidara & Javier Guzman
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