The “One Health” approach to antimicrobial resistance surveillance


After the successful virtual stage of the “Training on phenotypic methods, screening tests and molecular methods applied to the diagnosis of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in the framework of One Health”, which was attended by 75 participants from 14 countries in the region, the practical stage and the closing of the training took place at the Central Laboratory of the National Health and Agrifood Quality Service (SENASA) of Argentina. 

This activity is part of the tripartite project “Working Together to Fight Antimicrobial Resistance” and was carried out by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (INEI) – ANLIS “Dr. Carlos G. Malbrán” of Argentina. 

During the three days of practical training, representatives from the participant countries of the project put into practice the contents covered in the theoretical classes. 

The topics covered were as follows: 

  • Day 1: Antibiogram of E. coli, Salmonella and Enterococcus. Screening tests for BLEE, cAMP, carbapenemases and colistin. 
  •  Día 2: Analysis of phenotypic results of antibiograms and screening tests. PCR of BLEE, cAMP, carbapenemase, mcr-1, vanA and vanB. Analysis of PCR results. 
  • Día 3: Integration of phenotypic and molecular results.

Dr Maria Mesplet, Project Officer, mentioned: “This training is a great example of cooperation within the One Health approach. Professionals from the Malbrán Institute, an institution that is a world reference in the fight against Antimicrobial Resistance in human health, shared with animal health professionals their knowledge to address the problem of AMR and therefore work together with an integrated approach”. 

 About the project “Working Together to Fight Antimicrobial Resistance” 

To strengthen the control of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the Americas region, tripartite (WOAH, FAO and PAHO) is implementing the project “Working Together to Fight Antimicrobial Resistance” funded by the European Union. The seven beneficiary countries of the project are: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. 

The objective of this project is to support the selected countries in the implementation of their National Action Plans (NAP), share experiences, advocate best practices and promote collaboration. 

Useful links:  

Presentations of the virtual stage (in Spanish)