THE United Kingdom (UK) has announced an additional £210 million (about K1 billion) until 2025, through the UK’s Fleming Fund – to support 24 countries in Africa and Asia, including PNG, tackle anti-microbial resistance (AMR).
AMR is responsible for the deaths of 1.2 million people globally, making it a leading cause of death around the world, higher than HIV/AIDs and malaria.
The Fleming Fund programme in PNG, implemented by the Burnet and Doherty Institutes, has spent around K20 million since 2019 refurbishing human and animal health laboratories in Port Moresby, Lae, Mt Hagen, Goroka and Rabaul, establishing strong AMR surveillance systems and training Papua New Guinean microbiologists.
The UK government’s announcement means that up to a further K20 million will be available until 2025 to strengthen data management systems, extend the programme into the animal and marine sectors, expand training to policymakers as well as microbiologists and support PNG’s own One Health policy, which recognised the connection between humans, animals and the environment.
During a visit to the UK-refurbished microbiology laboratory at Angau hospital in Lae on Aug 22, British High Commissioner Keith Scott said: “It is humbling to see how UK government support, through the Fleming Fund, is helping to provide quicker and better disease analysis to doctors that ultimately saves lives.
“In addition, by identifying the prevalent strains of infections you will be able to inform national and regional policies to procure the correct drugs and change clinical practice.
“This is how partnerships should work with the UK’s world-leading investment in AMR laboratories, enabling PNG to make a change to its healthcare while contributing towards a world free of drug-resistant infection.”
The National / PNG Health News
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