Inter-sectoral collaboration, commitment and action are crucial to strengthening regional diagnostic capacity to tackle Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) detection and surveillance in the Caribbean. This is the objective of atwo-year Cooperation among Countries for Health Development (CCHD) projectbetween the Government of Argentina, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). The Government of Argentina, through its National Institute of Infectious Disease in the Ministry of Health and the National Food Safety and Quality Services (SENASA), are renowned for their work on AMR.
The project commenced in January 2019 and isaimed at strengthening national and regional AMR detection and surveillance in 14 independent CARICOM Member States, including Trinidad and Tobago. The project aims to strengthen capacity to conduct high quality testing for the detection of AMR; collate and analyze AMR laboratory data; and use the laboratory results to monitor trends and improve prescribing practices and AMR prevention, interventions and polices.