WHA51.17 - Emerging and Other Communicable Diseases: Antimicrobial Resistance. WHA Resolution; Fifty-first World Health Assembly, 1998
(1998; 2 pages) [Arabic] [Chinese] [French] [Russian] [Spanish]


REQUESTS the Director-General:

  1. to support countries in their efforts to control antimicrobial resistance through the strengthening of laboratory capacity for the detection of resistant pathogens;
  2. to assist in the development of sustainable national policies for rational antimicrobial use, not only in human medicine, but also in food-animal production;
  3. to collaborate with the public health sector, the pharmaceutical industry, universities and institutions concerned with research, laboratory testing, marketing, prescription and consumption of antimicrobial agents, in order to encourage the sharing of knowledge and resources to combat antimicrobial resistance;
  4. to devise means for the gathering and sharing of information by countries and regions concerning resistance in certain pathogens and to promote international cooperation among Member States;
  5. to develop programmes of information and education for prescribers and users of antimicrobial agents;
  6. to encourage promotion of research and development of new antimicrobial agents.
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