India Antimicrobial Resistance Detection, Prevention and Control Program
The rise of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is considered a global patient safety issue and a major public health concern. Compounding the threat of AMR, hospital acquired infections further contribute to adverse patient outcomes, and in many instances are caused by highly resistant organisms.
Effective systems, policies, and procedures to accurately detect, monitor, and prevent AMR and hospital acquired infections are essential. These systems include robust laboratory-based surveillance of priority pathogens, effective infection prevention and control practices, strong antimicrobial stewardship, and facility-based surveillance of hospital acquired infections.
Building the capacity to implement and sustain these systems and practices is thus critical to effectively respond to the public health threats posed by AMR. In Tamil Nadu, PHI is working with the CDC and the Government of Tamil Nadu to implement activities in three priority areas:
- Antimicrobial Stewardship
- Infection Prevention and Control
- Laboratory based-surveillance.