Reinforcing its commitment to collective actions to address this growing problem
OTTAWA, Nov. 17, 2016 /CNW/- Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the most serious public health threats to the treatment of infectious diseases worldwide. If action is not taken now, annual worldwide human deaths due to antimicrobial resistance could reach an estimated 10
That is why countries around the world, including Canada, are coming together to identify workable solutions and to coordinate collective efforts.
Today, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced that Canada is backing its commitment with a $9 million investment to the World Health Organization (WHO) in support of a comprehensive global approach to combatting AMR.
At the United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on AMR in September, Canada adopted the Political Declaration, reiterating its commitment to support the WHO's Global Action Plan on AMR and to help other countries address AMR, while continuing to take action at home.
Canada's contribution, marking Antibiotic Awareness Week, is the largest single-year funding contribution the WHO has received to address this growing health challenge. The funds will support the WHO—working with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Organization of Animal Health—in developing a global package of initiatives that will address the human, animal, agricultural and environmental aspects of the fight against AMR.
"The global health challenges we face today are becoming broader, more complex and more difficult to address. That's why we need collective, whole-of-society approaches to address them. Canada is firmly committed to being a partner in collaborative efforts to address antimicrobial resistance, both globally and at home. Through our collective response, we can succeed in addressing the serious threat posed by AMR."The Honourable Jane PhilpottMinister of Health
"Canada has a long history of leadership on global health issues. We're committed to working with our partners to support efforts to address Antimicrobial Resistance and advance our objective for the world's poorest and most vulnerable communities to live healthier lives.?"Marie-Claude Bibeau Minister of International Development and La Francophonie
SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada
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