Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for the Ministries of Health and Transport, announced the launch of our National Strategic Plan on AMR during his address at the Public Health Thought Leadership Dialogue (PHTLD) organized by the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health today. The document is available here, and broadly follows the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Global Action Plan on AMR.

The Dialogue was very well attended, with significant mainstream media presence for perhaps the first time. 

There was even an opposition party leader in attendance, although in his professional capacity as one of Singapore’s top infectious diseases physicians.

The actual PHTLD speech on translating knowledge to action on AMR was delivered by Prof Keiji Fukuda, formerly Assistant Director-General of the WHO before joining the University of Hong Kong’s School of Public Health. It was an enlightening lecture covering virtually all aspects of AMR and issues relating to its control.

Probably the most important slide, summarizing decades of experience in public health interventions.

The complex web that has to be navigated to get a proper handle on the problem of AMR.

This was followed by a panel discussion that was lively and ably handled by A/Prof Vernon Lee, A/Prof Helena Legido-Quigley, and Prof Patricia Conway. All in all, a successful session, if I may say.

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