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[Registration Closed] (Webinar) Antimicrobial Resistance: A Future Global Health Crisis (January 13, 2022)

The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) reminded the world how challenging and harmful infectious diseases can be. It also highlighted how interconnected infectious disease countermeasures are across the world. Domestic decisions in individual countries about how to react to the disease have had a profound impact on issues such as the emergence of new disease variants, the ability of different countries to access treatments and vaccines, and socioeconomic activities globally. Infectious disease crises truly are problems that we cannot tackle alone. The world needs continued international cooperation to ensure that we can recover from this pandemic, and be even more prepared for the next crisis.

There is little time to waste on efforts to strengthen global infectious disease countermeasures, because it is quite possible that the next infectious disease crisis is already here in Antimicrobial resistance (AMR). AMR is a naturally occurring process by which the microbes that cause infectious disease grow resistant to treatments over time. This problem already claims the lives of 70,000 people worldwide every year. In Japan, it is estimated to contribute to the deaths of 8,000 people annually – more than double the number of annual traffic deaths. If the world does not take serious steps to address this problem, it is estimated that by 2050, as many as 10 million people could be dying of AMR-related causes every year globally. It is thought that 40% of those deaths will occur in Asia. It is imperative that the countries of the region come together to make sure that does not happen.

Japan has always been a global leader in international cooperation, particularly in the field of health, where it has worked to make a proactive contribution to peace through strong advocacy for issues such as human security and the achievement of universal health coverage. According to statistics published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee, Japan ranks fourth in the world in terms of donor assistance for health, spending ¥102.7 billion in 2018.

With COVID-19 having demonstrated the enormous impact that infectious disease crises can have our societies and the achievement of development goals, the time is right to reconsider global health priorities and how an infectious disease problem like AMR fits into that. The world’s defenses against the failure of infectious disease treatments due to AMR in the future are only as strong as the weakest policy infrastructure of any single country. Greater international cooperation for health system strengthening and health security is crucial to the protection of people the world over from this problem.

In light of the above issues, this seminar will bring together experts from the fields of infectious disease, health governance, and financing to share information on the state of global action on AMR, including international cooperation efforts out of Japan. Participants will be asked to consider the outlook for enhanced action in the future, and how AMR might fit into Japan’s global health agenda. Through this event, we hope to further promote understanding about the global discourse surrounding AMR, and Japan’s role in international collaborative efforts toward the prevention of this problem and other potential infectious disease crises.

 

 

■ Overview
Date and time: Thursday, January 13, 2022 – 18:00-19:30
Format: Online using the Zoom conferencing system
Host: AMR Alliance Japan / Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI)
Languages: English and Japanese (simultaneous interpretation will be provided)
Participation fee: Free


■Program

*Details subject to change

18:00-18:05 Welcome and Introduction
Matt McEnany (Senior Manager, Health and Global Policy Institute / AMR Alliance Japan)

18:05-18:10 Opening Remarks
Keizo Takemi (Member of the House of Councillors)

18:10-18:20 Presentation: A Global Viewpoint – What the WHO is Doing to Support the Fight against AMR
Liz Tayler (Technical Officer, Tripartite Joint Secretariat, WHO)

18:20-18:30 Presentation: An Example of Ongoing International Cooperation Supported by Japan – AMR Surveillance
Motoyuki Sugai  (Director, Antimicrobial Resistance Research Center (WHO Collaborating Centre for AMR surveillance and research), National Institute of Infectious Diseases)

18:30-18:40 Presentation: Investing for AMR-resilient Development – EBRD’s Approach to Address AMR
Nobuko Ichikawa (Senior Environmental Advisor, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)

18:40-19:30 Panel Discussion / Q&A

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