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Overview of country activity
In 2011, the Ministry of Health in Ghana set up the national antimicrobial resistance (AMR) Platform. This body includes representatives from Ghana's Health, Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment ministries or departments, as well as the WHO, OIE and FAO, civil society organisations, academic and research institutions, and the private sector (farmer groups and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana).
The AMR Platform published a situation analysis of policy and regulation on antibiotic use and resistance in 2017.
Ghana’s cabinet approved a national policy on antimicrobial use and resistance, as well as the National Action Plan on AMR. These were launched on 30 April 2018.
Ghana received support from the Fleming Fund to develop the National Action Plan and to review its regulatory framework for AMR through a Global Grant with the FAO. Ghana is also field-testing the WHO tricycle protocol for surveillance of antibiotic resistant E. coli in human health, animal health and the environment.
Ghana has used the FAO ATLASS tool to assess and develop its veterinary laboratories. This work was funded by the Fleming Fund and will directly link to the work the fund will support through a Country Grant to build laboratory capacity.
The Fleming Fund has worked closely with the AMR Platform to develop a Request For Proposals (RFP) that will support the implementation of key priorities in the Ghana National Action Plan. A grant is now in development will shortly be launched to build a sustainable surveillance system for AMR in human and animal health.