KIIT School of Public Health Organizes International Workshop on Policy and Implementation Issues in Containment of Antibiotic Resistance

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The KIIT School of Public Health (KSPH), KIIT-DU organized an International Workshop titled “Policy and Implementation Issues in Containment of Antibiotic Resistance (ABR)” on 26th August 2022 in hybrid mode. It was a part of the activities of the project “Risk Management and Prevention of Antibiotic Resistance | PREVENT IT” funded by the European Commission.

The inaugural session was graced by Prof. Jnyana Ranjan Mohanty; Registrar, KIIT-DU; Dr. Bijay Kumar Mohapatra, Director, Health Services, Govt of Odisha; Dr. Paolo Rocco, Adjunct Professor, Department of Pharmaceuticals Sciences, University of Milan, Italy; Prof. (Dr) Ambika Prasad Mohanty, Principal, KIMS; Prof. (Dr) Sudhir Kumar Satpathy, Director, KSPH; Dr. Anuj Sharma, Technical Officer, AMR, Labs and IPC, WHO Country Office for India (online) and Prof. (Dr) Alfanso Zecconi, Professor, Department of Biomedical, Surgical and Dental Science – One Health Unit, University of Milan, Milan, Italy (Online).

The workshop had resource persons from several countries and organizations, including World Health Organizations (WHO), Country Office for India, New Delhi; University of Milan, Italy and Rīga Stradiņš University, Latvia (from Europe), KIIT Deemed to be University; Symbiosis International Deemed University, Pune; Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal; Kasturba Medical College, Manipal; Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kochi; Chitkara University, Punjab; Department of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of Odisha and Voluntary Health Association of Tripura, India. The participants were from Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC); Indian Institute of Public Health, Bhubaneswar; UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and various wings of KIIT.

The technical session of the workshop had eight presentations; namely ‘Global and National Action Plan on AMR – Policy and Implementation Issues in Containment of AMR’ by Dr. Anuj Sharma; ‘Role of Animal Sector and Antibiotics Resistance: Situations, Solutions, and Way Forward’ by Prof. Dr. Alfonso Zecconi; ‘Development of Newer Antibiotics: Issues and Challenges’ by Dr. Umberto Musazzi (Research Fellow, Department of Pharmaceuticals Sciences, University of Milan); ‘Diagnostics of ABR: Options, Availability and Challenges in Developing Countries’ by Ms. Ujjaini Saha (Research Fellow, Symbiosis School of Biological Sciences, Symbiosis International Deemed University); ‘Pharmacovigilance and Post-marketing in Containment of ABR’ by Dr. Paolo Rocco; ‘Community Awareness in Containment of ABR: Experience from India’ by Mr. Sujit Ghosh (Assistant Director, Voluntary Health Association of Tripura); Monitoring and Evaluation Framework of National and State Action Plan of India in AMR by Dr. Fathima Shameen and Dr. Arya S Kumar from  Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham; ‘Evidence Informed Framework for Prevention and Control of ABR  by Dr. Sanjay Pattanshetty (HOD, Dept. of Global Health, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal) and Dr. Rakshita K., Associate Researcher, Manipal Academy of Higher Education.

The concluding session was a panel discussion on the theme ‘Partnership and Collaboration among Government, Academic Institutions and NGOs towards Containment of ABR’. Dr. Anuj Sharma, WHO (online); Dr. Niranjan Mishra, Director, Public Health, Govt. of Odisha; Prof. (Dr) K. E. Vandana, Prof. and HoD, Microbiology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal;  Prof. (Dr) Alfonso Zecconi (online); Prof. (Dr) Sudhir Kumar Satpathy; Dr. Kiranjeet Kaur, Coordinator PREVDENT IT Project, Chitkatra University and Mr. Sujit Ghosh participated. Prof. Himanshu Sekhar Pradhan of KSPH was convener of the workshop.

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