Fighting Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens the effective prevention and treatment of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, and viruses. Recognizing that coordinated action is needed to minimize the emergence and spread of AMR, MSH catalyzes multi-disciplinary and cross-sectoral coalitions to build awareness of the threat of AMR and advocate for its containment. Through targeted technical assistance that increases local capacity for improved practices and medicine use, MSH strengthens detection systems and laboratories, and advances tools and technologies that could help contain AMR.

In support of the Global Action Plan on AMR, activities implemented in nearly 20 countries contribute to AMR containment through increased capacities for improved infection prevention and control, stronger AMR stewardship, and the establishment of regulatory systems, national action plans, standard treatment guidelines, essential medicines lists, and updated pre-service curricula. Our work helps build capacity, detection systems, and laboratories to strengthen and improve medicine use, improve infection prevention and control practices, and detect and report priority AMR pathogens.

In Vietnam, MSH is a partner on the Cooperative Biological Engagement Program, led by CH2M Hill with support from the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency. To counter global biological threats and improve management practices, MSH assists the Government of Vietnam in their efforts to improve their emergency operations center network. By supporting the National Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology in the accreditation of their laboratories, we create sustainable disease surveillance, detection, diagnosis, containment, response, and reporting systems.