CDDEP New Delhi has been appointed a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance, and will support WHO activities to combat AMR worldwide.

New Delhi, India –Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a clear and present threat to global health. Since the adoption of the Global Action Plan on AMR, 81 low-and middle-income countries have developed national action plans; The challenge now is to implement these plans. Countries face many barriers to implementation, including the lack of accurate local data to support decision-making and resource allocation.

CDDEP, New Delhi has been designated a World Health Organization Collaborating Center (WHO CC) for Antimicrobial Resistance. It is the first such center in India. In that capacity, CDDEP will provide country and regional-level AMR snapshots and an economic rationale for combating AMR to support WHO Member States in implementing their national action plans.

“This is a great honor and recognition of ten years of CDDEP’s efforts in the field of AMR.  It represents a great opportunity for partnership with WHO to build on the tremendous progress made in this field over the last few years,” said Professor Anil Deolalikar, Founding Dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside and Chair of CDDEP’s Board of Directors.

Under the partnership with WHO, CDDEP will provide WHO country offices with a synthesis of country-specific AMR data and priority actions to combat AMR. Further, CDDEP will work with WHO to assemble a regional AMR snapshot every two years which will directly contribute to the WHO headquarters global progress report on combatting AMR. Finally, CDDEP will help develop the economic rationale for investing in addressing AMR.

“More than ever, we need global partnership in fighting infectious diseases under the leadership of WHO.  CDDEP is delighted to play its part in combating AMR – this is a long term challenge that will require multidisciplinary collaborations and creative thinking,” said CDDEP’s director and senior fellow Ramanan Laxminarayan.