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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 seconds To increase the awareness of the people, but also increase the commitment of the policy makers. It’s just a complete broken system and a huge gap of knowledge. And to bridge that gap, that’s a huge challenge. Well, in my region, I would say the main challenge is we don’t have enough data, surveillance data on antimicrobial resistance, except for a few countries that are actively doing the surveillance. Malaysia does it. Singapore does it, and a few other countries. But although these countries do it, it’s not easily available. And as you know antimicrobial resistance, it’s not confined to your own country, the resistance rate in your country or another country.

Skip to 0 minutes and 57 seconds You need to know the resistance rates everywhere, because the patients are coming from one place to another. So I think that is one of the major challenges, not having enough surveillance data in our region. The main challenge in the Asia-Pacific region is essentially poverty. Because we are dealing with very, very basic issues, lack of nutrition, lack of safe drinking water, health infrastructure. The per capita availability of trained health personnel in India, for example, is the lowest in the world, lower than Sub-Saharan Africa. So the problems are very, very basic. And also combined together with a very, very heavy use of antibiotics in the urban areas, particularly, and completely unregulated sales of antibiotics. So you have double problem.

Skip to 1 minute and 45 seconds You have a huge burden of infectious disease and a huge burden of growing resistance.

Expert voices: Part II

Watch experts from the different ReAct member nodes talk about the main challenges in their regions.

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