Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication-BNNRC has joined the Antimicrobial Resistance-AMR Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Platform. The Platform’s aim is to catalyze a global movement for action against Antimicrobial Resistance -AMR.
Antibiotics are antimicrobial drugs. These are drugs that fight bacterial infections in both humans and animals. In this case, they either kill the bacteria or prevent the physical growth and reproduction of the bacteria. However antibiotics only treat certain bacterial infections, they have no effect on viruses.
According to the World Health Organization, antibiotic resistance is a condition that occurs when certain bacteria acquire the ability to survive the attack of antibiotics. These bacteria are called antibiotic-resistant bacteria. As they become adapted to the presence of antibiotics, they can grow and reproduce at their normal rate. As a result the immune system of the human or animal body decreases. The disease, which was previously cured by antibiotics is no longer cured by those antibiotics but continues to grow. These diseased people or animals spread antibiotic-resistant bacteria inside their bodies to others through sneezing and coughing in the presence of others and they also get the same incurable disease.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has joined world leaders to alert countries to the accelerating crisis of antimicrobial resistance-AMR. ’We are running out of available antibiotics (for antimicrobial resistance) and soon could face another global emergency, far more severe than the current COVID-19 pandemic’ Sheikh Hasina told global leaders. She called for increased international coordination and more investment.
Antimicrobial Resistance-AMR Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Platform is part of a set of global governance structures on AMR, alongside the AMR Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance and the Independent Panel on Evidence for Action against AMR. Facilitated by the Quadripartite–comprising the UN Food and Agriculture Organization-FAO, the UN Environment Program-UNEP, World Health Organization.-WHO and the World Organisation for Animal Health-WOAH, the AMR Partnership Platform is a voluntary,
It aims to be an inclusive, international and multi-stakeholder forum that convenes stakeholders across the human, animal, plant and environmental spectrum to assist in preserving antimicrobials as lifesaving medicines and ensuring their responsible use under a One Health approach.
To promote a shared global vision of AMR, build consensus and catalyze targeted action to address the growing global threat of AMR through a coordinated, multisectoral, inclusive One Health approach, thus contributing to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and universal health coverage and strengthening One Health systems for future pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.
The 2019 report of the ad hoc Interagency Coordination Group on AMR to the United Nations Secretary-General, entitled ‘No time to wait: securing the future from drug-resistant infections, recommended the ’establishment of a constituency-based partnership platform facilitated and managed by the Tripartite3 agencies with diverse representation (e.g. governments, private sector and civil society representing human, animal, plant and environmental health, as well as agriculture and food and feed production) to develop and implement a shared global vision, narrative and targets.’
BNNRC initiatives on Antimicrobial Resistance-AMR. BNNRC’s initiative is creating awareness at the local level about the impending crisis of Antimicrobial Resistance-AMR through ongoing community radios in the country. Community radio broadcasting has already organized and broadcast the talks with the participation of the concerned stakeholders.
In the talk show, what are antibiotics and antibiotic resistance, why does antibiotic resistance occur, and why is antibiotic resistance increasing, What causes antibiotic resistance, who is most at risk, ways to prevent antibiotic resistance, why antibiotic resistance is important for the implementation of SDG Goal-3 (Good health and well-being), what stakeholders should do to prevent antibiotic resistance, such as the general public, doctors, pharmacy owner and governments. Local-level medicine buyers, medicine sellers, and doctors were present as discussants in the said conversation on community radios.
The talk shows have received a lot of response at the community level. In the meantime, local people and patients are also refraining from buying antibiotics by going to the pharmacy. In addition, pharmacies are also taking the initiative not to sell antibiotics without a doctor’s prescription. BNNRC is also offering fellowships for health journalists at the national level. Its objective is to create in-depth and investigative reports on the issue to raise awareness among the public as well as draw the attention of policymakers to take necessary action in this regard. So far, 10 reports have been published and telecast by fellow journalists.
BNNRC’s approach to media development is both knowledge-driven and context-sensitive. It considers the challenges and opportunities created by Bangladesh’s rapidly changing media environment, including community radio broadcasting development giving voices to the voiceless. Press Release