Combating the Emergence and Spread of Antimicrobial Resistance: A Workshop to Strengthen Faith-Based Engagement

November 13, 2017

Drug-resistant disease, also known as antimicrobial resistance (AMR), is a current and growing challenge to the health and economic development of all nations. Recognizing the urgency of the issue, at the 71st United Nations General Assembly, world leaders issued a political declaration and committed to take action on AMR. Faith-based organizations, including healthcare and education providers, are important actors for the success of local and global efforts to address AMR and the associated health, social, and developmental impacts of such illnesses. To strengthen engagement by FBOs, the U.S. Department of State, Caritas Internationalis, the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, and the GHR Foundation sponsored a workshop in December 2016, with the support of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development of the Holy See. This report assembles the “Call to Action” developed by meeting participants, lessons shared by participants, and information to support the hosting of similar workshops.

related | Read the Call to Action in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish

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