Antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic use in Timor-Leste: building surveillance capacity with a One Health approach

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The Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) has been awarded a Fleming Fund country grant to work with the Timor-Leste Ministry of Health (MoH) and Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) on a One Health project to build capacity for surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and antimicrobial use (AMU) in the human and agriculture sectors in Timor-Leste.

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The UK and Indonesia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on health cooperation and its Joint Action Plan. The two countries have also signed a Grant Agreement for the Fleming Fund partnership on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance in Indonesia.

Last May, a leading Australian health institute, Menzies School of Health Research, was awarded a grant of up to £4million by the Fleming Fund to improve laboratory diagnostic capacity and antimicrobial data use in Timor-Leste.