Combating the Emergence and Spread of Antimicrobial Resistance

A Workshop to Strengthen Faith-Based Engagement

December 12-15, 2016
Location: Rome, Italy

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the acquired ability by microbes to survive and grow in the presence of drugs meant to treat the infections they cause. AMR is a growing global threat that, left unaddressed, threatens to undermine the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, including ending poverty, ending hunger, ensuring healthy lives, and reducing inequality. Infection with drug-resistant diseases can cause longer and more complicated illnesses, increased doctor visits, the need for the use of stronger and more expensive drugs, and can ultimately lead to more deaths.

This workshop, hosted in Rome, Italy, served as a forum for Catholic faith-based organizations, including health associations, to jointly identify and develop individual and collaborative actions to combat the emergence and spread AMR. Workshop participants included individuals with expertise in fields ranging from medicine and education to communications and logistics to help address the challenges facing these sectors across the globe.

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Caritas Internationalis, the U.S. Department of State, the GHR Foundation, and Georgetown University.

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