In April 2015, the Program assisted with the organizational efforts of facilitating a dialogue between the World Health Organization and numerous civil society groups on a the forthcoming Global Action Plan on tackling antibiotic resistance with a particular focus on low- and middle- income country voices.
Notable considerations included the strengthening of health systems to accompany the GAP, as well as the concern over rampant, poorly surveyed use of antibiotics in animals. Also discussed was the importance of training prescribers, regulating antibiotic control and pharmaceutical marketing, and access to proper diagnostics and vaccines alongside antibiotics. There was a strong emphasis on accountability and surveillance, accompanied by an international framework and financial resources to support these efforts on a national level.
The summary of this dialogue can be found here.