The project “AMR-MPTF: Fighting AMR in Peru under the One Health approach” was formally launched on 15 July.
The project will last two years and aims to improve Peru’s capacities to achieve the objectives of its National Action Plan against Antimicrobial Resistance, in line with the Global Action Plan developed by the Tripartite. The project will be coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and will be implemented together with the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
The virtual event was attended by 120 participants, including representatives of the Tripartite and different areas of the Peruvian government, as well as representatives of the academia and the general public.
Mariana Escobar Arango, FAO Representative in Peru, delivered the welcome remarks, followed by Daniela Godoy Gabler, Senior Policy Officer, FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Mamissa Mboob, representing the MPTF.
After the opening, Ronnie Gavilán, Technical Secretary of the Multisectoral Commission against AMR and Mercedes Flores Cancino, General Coordinator of the Project, presented the challenges, opportunities, and advances in the containment of Antimicrobial Resistance in Peru.
Finally, the context of AMR in the Americas and the actions of the Tripartite Alliance under the One Health approach were presented. In this regard, Marcelo Galas, from PAHO’s Special Programme on Antimicrobial Resistance, Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health gave an overview of the situation regarding AMR and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Martin Minassian, Technical Assistant of WOAH Regional Representation for the Americas, gave a brief introduction to the organisation’s actions, and highlighted the results of the latest global report on the use of antimicrobials in animals, which shows a notable reduction in the use of priority antimicrobials, as well as in their use as growth promoters.
Finally, Marisa Caipo, Regional Food Safety Officer and FAO AMR Focal Point for Latin America and the Caribbean, presented the activities developed in the region and emphasised the importance of having a coordinated approach among all sectors to address this issue.
About the MTPF
The Antimicrobial Resistance Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) combats the threat of antimicrobial drug resistance through strategic collaboration, sustainable streams of capital, and Sustainable Development Goal-focused responses that support localized ‘One Health’ National Action Plans.