Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major global health thread. Its negative impact extends beyond human health with implications on animal health and welfare, the environment, food safety and poverty reduction and inequality.
At GBADs we are focusing on the development of a methodology that can be used to define the economic impact of AMR in livestock, and on exploring further the wider impact on the economy and the negative externalities on public and environmental health.
Outputs of this work are key to better understanding AMR impact in livestock, exploring the cost-effectiveness of alternative infection mitigation strategies, and developing and targeting policies and programmes that tackle AMR in line with the objectives set out globally. It is also an important step in better understanding data requirements for this assessment, current data gaps, and how data collection systems can be strengthened to better inform policymaking. By understanding the impact of AMR in the livestock sector, this information will also add to an increasing body of work on the economic impact of AMR in public health and extend our understanding of this topic in a One Health lens.
World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, November 21st:
This week is world antimicrobial awareness week and this year’s theme is “Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Together”
GBADs is contributing to the global efforts to tackle AMR by assessing the burden of antimicrobial resistance in livestock and its links to public health.
AMR burden information is a key advocacy and communication tool. Understanding AMR impact is the starting point for the cost-effectiveness assessment of AMR mitigation strategies in livestock, which informs the development of policies and actions that tackle AMR.
Through burden assessment and by understanding data needs and current data gaps, data collection systems in livestock and at the human-livestock interface can also be strengthened and improved.
Tanzania visit to launch Case Study, November 4th-9th:
Our Post-doctoral research associates João Afonso and Gemma Chaters recently visited Tanzania to meet with future colleagues to discuss the GBADs programme. You can find more information about the trip here.
Outputs, Activities and Timeline
The work is structured into 4 activity streams:
Stream 1 is the development and definition of core methods for the assessment
Stream 2 involves the integration into case studies and the launching an AMR-themed case study
Stream 3 is the presentation of AMR burden in a prototype GBADs Dashboard
Stream 4 links AMR data to the GBADs Knowledge Engine in accordance with the GBADs Data Governance Framework