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Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance: Meeting the Global Challenge of AMR (for HKU staff/student)
posted by Centre for Medical Ethics and Law for HKU and Public
Event Type: Public Lecture/Forum/Seminar/Workshop/Conference/Symposium
Event Nature: Law and Politics

Event Details

On 21 September 2016, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) convened a high-level meeting of Heads of States and national delegations to discuss an issue of increasing concern to national public health authorities around the world:  the rise of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).  As an indication of the urgency and magnitude of the problem, this was only the fourth time that a health topic had been raised for discussion by the General Assembly.  A draft political declaration was issued in the wake of the meeting endorsing the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance formulated by the World Health Organization in collaboration with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Organization for Animal Health.

The scale of the threat posed by AMR, and its current and potential toll in terms of deaths, human suffering and economic loss is immense.  Current conservative estimates are that 700,000 people die from resistant infections each year.  Of these, 200,000 people die from tuberculosis alone, as commonly-used antibiotics begin to lose to their efficacy because of AMR.  Beyond the direct cost in human lives, it is estimated that more than 2 million infections a year are caused by resistant bacteria, which imposes an additional burden of US$20 billion on the US health care system alone.  The human cost in countries that cannot afford such extra spending on healthcare is incalculable.  Inappropriate use of antibiotics in livestock farming have accelerated the pace of the development of AMR, at once reducing the efficacy of critical antibiotics and leaking residual drugs into the environment and the food chain.  It is estimated that over 70% by weight of the most important antibiotics are used on animals – and mostly for purposes other than for treating sick animals.  The grim projection is that by 2050, the direct toll of human lives lost to AMR could rise to 10 million with a corresponding cumulative cost to global economic output of US$100 trillion (all data from O’Neill et al, Tackling Drug-Resistant Infections Globally:  Final Report and Recommendations, 2016:  The Wellcome Trust / HM Government).

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Session 1Day 1
09/11/2017 09:00-18:30
at Large Moot Court, 2/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, The University of Hong Kong
Session 2Day 2
10/11/2017 09:00-17:00
at Large Moot Court, 2/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, The University of Hong Kong

Registration Instruction

Registration is open from 04/09/2017 09:00(HKT) to 03/11/2017 23:59(HKT) on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Registration fees:


For Public:
Day 1 and Day 2 : HKD$200 (HKD$100 per day)


For HKU staff/students: Registration fee waived
(Please prepare to submit a soft copy of your HKU staff/student Card and fill in a HKU email account for online registration)

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Contact Information

For further information, please visit:
http://www.cmel.hku.hk/events/tackling-antimicrobial-resistance-meeting-the-global-challenge-of-amr/

Should you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact Ms Yun Ling Au by email at auling@hku.hk or by phone at 39171845 or by fax at 25498495.