New Delhi- Oct 16th 2019. A new partnership will leverage collective expertise to impact antimicrobial resistance around the world. A letter of intent between the Dutch consortium AMR-Global and C-CAMP (Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms) in India, was signed this week, marking a formal collaboration between the two groups. This was done during a two-day India-Netherlands Technology Summit began here on Tuesday, focused on co-creating innovative solutions for global challenges relating to water, food and good health.
One of the key areas of joint efforts has been tackling Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) through the “One Health” approach. The Summit featured dedicated sessions on this.
Several Indian media have covered the event. The new stories highlight that compared to other countries in the European Union, resistance rates are particularly low in the Netherlands, primarily because of early adoption of the ‘One Health’ approach, which aims to combat AMR holistically in the healthcare system, in animals, in food and in the environment through coordinated action.
The coverage by the India based outlet “the Weekend Leader” continues that at this AMR One Health Session at the Technology Summit, a letter of intent for a new collaboration has been signed between C-CAMP from India and AMR Global from the Netherlands with aim to work together towards building and enabling innovations to address global AMR issue.
C-CAMP is an initiative of Dept of Biotechnology, under India’s Ministry of Science and Technology, with a mandate to be an enabler of cutting-edge life science research and innovation with an emphasis on combating resistant bacterial infections.
The Netherlands’s Minister for Medical Care, Bruno Bruins, who was present at the Summit, highlighted the urgency of combating AMR, stating that “it is an international concern and we need to ensure the subject stays a top priority for governments. It is heartening to see that India has a dedicated National Action Plan on AMR, and RIVM and the Government of the Netherlands are happy to cooperate with India in furthering implementation of the plan, so that together we can create an on-ground change”.
The coverage in the Weekend Leader continues that he mentioned that the MOU signed on Tuesday between the Bengaluru-based CCAMP and the Dutch public-private partnership AMR-Global, will kick start India/Dutch collaboration in this field. “As India is a major manufacturer and user of antimicrobials, the sustainable production and use of these life-saving drugs needs to be prioritized as part of the ‘One Health’ approach and this new collaboration between CCAMP and AMR-Global will help move this forward,” the minister said.
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