Dr E. Ominde-Ogaja, Kenya
A national workshop on the surveillance of antimicrobial resistance and the rational use of anti-infective drugs was held in Kenya in 1997. The objectives of the Workshop were to:
• Identify current knowledge and technical approaches towards surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in hospital and community settings;
• Describe and analyse the implementation of national strategies on the rational use of anti-infective agents in the light of a national drug policy.
• Develop recommendations on how to strengthen the national surveillance of antimicrobial resistance and devise a working plan for the establishment of a national network.
Major recommendations made during the workshop involved the establishment of a task force to include individuals representing all interested parties, including participants from the Ministry of Health, prescribers in hospitals and the community, laboratories, essential drug committees, and professional associations.