Antimicrobial resistance was in February this year recognized as a public health risk that needs to be given priority. This was discussed and agreed upon during a key stakeholders meeting that took place at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.

The meeting attracted people from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, non-governmental organization including the World Health Organization (WHO) which is driving the campaign globally, the academia, pharmaceuticals and members of the public.

One of the key action points was the development of a National AMR Strategy in line with the Global Action Plan that would inform the activities and interventions for AMR.

The strategy is currently in place waiting on approval from the responsible authorities. As a sign of commitment, Malawi will this year join the world in commemorating Awareness week from 12 to 19 November.