Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance

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Argentina (observer)

Argentina is represented in JPIAMR by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation (MINCyT) through the Liaison Office Argentina – European Union on Science and Technology, and with the close collaboration of the Ministry of health and the National Service of Animal Health (SENASA)

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation (MINCyT) established policies and coordinates actions aiming to strengthen the country’s capacity to respond to priority sectorial and social problems in order to improve society’s quality of life. The scientific and technological policy developed by the National Directorate of International Relations of MINCyT in the multilateral, bilateral and other specific fields allow scientific research promotion and productive innovation between Argentinean and foreign research groups through a broad range of joint R+D projects initiatives, workshops, seminars, trainings, and human resources development grants. Thanks to the EU- Argentina agreement, the country participated in several technological cooperation projects, having one of the highest success rate than the average of Third Countries. The Ministry of Science Technology, and Productive Innovation has been participates or has participated in the following projects of the Seventh Framework Programme: STAR-IDAZ (2011-2015), BIO-CIRCLE 2 (2011-2013),ALCUE-KBBE (2011-2013), BIO-CIRCLE (2008-2010) , EULAC Health (2011-2016), LEADERSHIP (2013-2015),IDEAL-IST 2014 (2011-2014), AMERICAS (2011-2013), PRO-IDEAL PLUS (2010-2012) FIRST (2010-2012), PRO-IDEAL (2008-2011), IDEAL-IST 2011 (2008-2011)NMP-DeLA (2013-2015), ENSOCIO-LA (2013-2015), the ABEST Project in its three phases (from 2005 up to date), ALCUE NET (2012-2017), EULARINET (2008-2012) INCONTACT (2008-2013), PeopleNetwork+ (2011-2013), ERANet- LAC (2013-), CoopAIR-LA (2009-2010), and other FP6 projects.

Antimicrobial Resistance

The widespread use of antimicrobial drugs has brought about the emergence of resistance, one of the mechanisms that microorganisms have to fend off a hostile or unfavourable environment, and many medical procedures rely on the effectiveness of antibiotics and these procedures become increasingly risky with the increase in antimicrobial resistance.

For these reasons , the Ministry of Health launched the National Strategy for the Control of Antimicrobial Resistance in order to “ensure a responsible use” of essential antibiotic drugs for human and animal health , which widespread use and reckless prescription in some cases , has caused a rapid development of the phenomenon of antimicrobial resistance that escalated into a global problem.

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