World Health Organisation (WHO) in collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) as Tripartite Executive Committee agreed to organise World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) during 18-24th November’2020 and onwards every year.
Indian Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Research (IAAVR) and Indian Federation of Animal Health Companies (INFAH) commemorated WAAW2020 by hosting a webinar on ‘Working Together to Tackle Antimicrobial Residence’ on 24th November’ 2020. The webinar was participated by more than 250 Veterinarians and Veterinary stakeholders deliberating on the antimicrobials use and managing antimicrobial resistance better in animal healthcare segment. The webinar was also supported by Federation of Asian Veterinary Associations (FAVA) and posted by One Health initiative team on the OHI website and in One health news as well.
The webinar had four speakers namely Dr. Kamini Walia, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR); Dr. Jyoti Misri, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR); Dr. A S Yadav, ICAR-Central Avian Research Institute (CARI) and Dr. Nitin Bhatia, Indian Federation of Animal Health Companies ( INFAH) . The presentations highlighted initiatives of ICMR, India’s plan to contain AMR, Antimicrobial usage in Animal healthcare in India, AMR in poultry sector and potential alternatives. The deliberations demystified the myths and highlighted the facts of antimicrobial usage as an economical burden on the farming community and its usage was only as per the requirements and suggested need to work on diagnostic infrastructure to strengthen the animal health systems. The presentations were followed by panel discussions by experts viz. Dr. Arun Atrey, Dr. D K Dey, Dr. Manoj Kumar Pandey, Mr. Satish Pasrija and Dr. Sugata Hazra. The event was organised and moderated by Dr Rishendra Verma, Founder Secretary, IAAVR and Mr. Vijay Teng, President, INFAH.