The countries of the Caribbean Region have identified Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) as an important public and agricultural health issue. There is no doubt that Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) has emerged as a legitimate global crisis, threatening both human and animal health. AMR must be placed alongside other global threats that have the potential to adversely affect economic stability and social development.

We must garner international support and commitment to combat AMR, considering that our very existence is threatened because of the effects of microbes again determining our lifestyle and ultimately, life expectancy. Food security is threatened, particularly for countries where agriculture is a significant part of their GDP.

We must be alarmed at the rapid rate of resistance developing to ACTs for malaria. Anti-TB and Anti-HIV medicines are increasingly becoming less effective because of AMR. There will always be a need for antibiotics in both human medicine and in agriculture, but we have reached a critical point and must act now to develop management tools for appropriate usage.

A coordinated global response to tackle AMR requires international action. The Caribbean Week of Agriculture serves as a platform to present the current situation for AMR, discuss and build consensus on the way forward.

The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), through its Agricultural Health and Food Safety (AHFS) Programme, with support from the Ohio University, the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Government of Chile Agricultural Department will be holding a seminar at the CWA in Suriname, Chamber of Commerce Building, Thursday, October 9, 2014 between 08:30 to 12:00 hrs on Antimicrobial Resistance in response to a request from Guyana re increasing awareness in the countries of the Caribbean.

General Objective
The objective of the seminar is to make the countries more aware of the issue and broaden their understanding of its implications, which will enable them to participate more actively in and identify possible areas for collaboration in developing management tools for AMR.  

Specific Objectives

  1. To receive current information on the use and status of AMR in both humans and agriculture.
  2. To present an active AMR management programme being used in Chile.
  3. To discuss challenges/opportunities as outlined by the Ohio University and PAHO.


Expected Results

  1. Participants will gain a better understanding of the effects of AMR on both human and animal health.
  2. The participants will identify opportunities to be considered by regional and international institutions, so as to develop a global approach for the effective management of AMR.
















Thursday October 9, 2014


Chairperson: Hon.Dr. Leslie S. Ramsammy, Minister of Agriculture, Guyana
Facilitators:    Mr. Wilmot Garnett, IICA Representative in Guyana
Ms. Carol Thomas, Regional AHFS Specialist, IICA

8.30 a.m.         Registration                 Dr. Maxine Parris-Aaron, AHS, IICA Guyana

9.00 a.m.         Welcome Remarks        Hon. Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, Minister of Agriculture, Guyana        
9.30 a.m.         Presentation                Representante de la Agencia Chilena de Calidad e                                                                                                      
Inocuidad Alimentaria ACHIPIA
“Chile Experience with AMR”         

10.00 a.m.       Presentation                PAHO                                     (TBC)

10.30 a.m.       Presentation                 Dr. Armando Hoet

“Ohio University Recommendations”                                                                                   on Antimicrobial Resistance in the Caribbean: Adapting WHO Objectives

10.45 a.m.       Presentation                The Ohio State University and Dr. Thomas Wittum

“Antimicrobial Resistance: Researching the Problem “

11.00 a.m.       Plenary Discussion      All Presenters

12.00 noon      Closing Remarks         Dr. Robert Ahern, Head, AHFS, IICA
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Participating Countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bahamas
  • Dominica
  • Guyana
  • Grenada
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Montserrat
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • Suriname
  • Saint Lucia
  • Trinidad and Tobago

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