Report: AMR surveillance in low- and middle-income countries

Antimicrobial resistance is considered the greatest threat to global health security, but our data on its prevalence remain scanty, especially in low- and middle-income countries where the burden of infectious disease is highest.

To address the need for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance, the World Health Organisation has developed the Global AMR Surveillance System (GLASS). However, many countries are unlikely to have the resour
ces or capacity to implement all the components of GLASS.

LSHTM researchers Anna Seale and Anthony Scott, together with colleagues Nicola Gordon and Jasmin Islam, were asked by the Fleming Fund to develop a protocol to describe the implementation of GLASS applicable to the realities of  working in resource limited settings.

The protocol is aligned to GLASS, but specifically written for flexible implementation in low- and middle-income countries after detailed scoping exercises of in-country capacities.

It is hoped that the protocol will support antimicrobial resistance surveillance where increased capacity is most needed, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia.

Read the report here.