Chile is represented in JPIAMR by MICROB-R on behalf of the Ministry of Health. Chile’s participation in JPIAMR is part of the country’s determination to become an active contributor to the world’s efforts to tackle the global challenge of AMR.
In 2017, Chile was a pioneer in Latin America in formulating an intersectoral National Plan with inter-ministerial engagements. This year, a second, more ambitious version of the Plan was launched, aiming at reaching an even deeper commitment from a wider range of organizations.
MICROB-R is a collaborative group of scientists studying AMR from numerous perspectives, including microbiology, molecular biology, public policy, infectious diseases, food safety, epidemiology, legislation, ethics, animal health, etc. MICROB-R carries out its AMR agenda focusing on three areas: interdisciplinary research, continuing education and public understanding of AMR. MICROB-R has successfully developed alliances with private, public and non-profit institutions in support of advancing a comprehensive approach to fighting AMR. Its research activities are supported by both private and public resources from Chilean and international agencies.
National AMR research program and activities
AMR Research program
- Millennium Nucleus for Collaborative Research on Bacterial Resistance – MICROB-R. This research group gathers researchers from different disciplines and universities. It was initiated with a government three-year grant and continues its activity as a non-profit foundation.
- Laboratorio de Genómica y Resistencia Microbiana (GeRM)
- Laboratorio de lnvestigación en Agentes Antibacterianos (LIAA-UdeC)
- Grupo de Resistencia Antimicrobiana en Bacterias Patógenas y Ambientales GRABPA
- Grupo Colaborativo de Resistencia Bacteriana, Chile
Activities on AMR actions at national level
- Key points for the adequate use of antibiotics in veterinary medicine. Six weeks annual course, addressed to animal health professionals, offered by FAVET, the largest veterinary sciences school in the country.
- Curso de Microbiología Clínica: Terapia Antibiótica, Enfermedades Virales e inmunización, en el tratamiento de infecciones comunitarias, 2021.
- Programa Educativo CuriCURB, Curso Universitario de Resistencia Bacteriana, 2021.
Other courses (last two years)
- V Simposio One Health Day Chile, The Role of the One Health approach in pandemics caused by zoonotic pathogens, 2020.
- Congreso Chileno de lnfectología, annual event with strong emphasis in AMR research.
- Congreso Chileno de Microbiología
National action plans
The new National Plan against Antimicrobial Resistance has been designed for the period 2021 to 2025 and has added the commitment of three new Ministries. Thus, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Economy (through the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service), and the Ministry of Agriculture, have now been joined by the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Science in the second version of the Plan, which will expand the scope of the commitments to sectors not addressed in the first plan. Scientific societies, universities and other public and private institutions have also been involved in the preparation of this new Plan and have contributed to the design of the strategies envisaged for the current five-year period. The new version of the National Plan has five strategic lines of action and can be found using the following link:
Management Board representative
- Andrea Moreno, MICROB-R
- Jose Munitat, MICROB-R