International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation

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Seventy-second World Health Assembly (A72/1)
Agenda Item: 
- Antimicrobial resistance

It is a great honour to speak on behalf of the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation, which represents over 350,000 pharmaceutical students and recent graduates from 90 countries worldwide.

Antimicrobial resistance remains a major threat to global health and the achievement of universal health coverage. As one of the greatest success stories of modern medicine, antibiotics have helped build the very foundations of health and patient care as we know it. Systematic misuse and overuse of these drugs in human medicine and food production have put every nation at risk.

As medication experts, pharmacists work continuously in all care settings to educate patients, advise prescribers and ensure the rational use of current antibiotics. We encourage member states to utilise the strong community presence of pharmacists in national AMR action plans, through strengthening surveillance systems and assessing local antibiotic use.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach. The various patient and societal factors that contribute to the rising prevalence of AMR, mean that interprofessional collaboration is a necessity for progress to be made. A One Health approach to produce more comprehensive and impactful solutions is unanimously agreed upon as the ideal way to tackling this pressing health issue.

IPSF recognises that work against AMR must be collaborative and sustained. Therefore, we must understand the importance of incorporating youth as the future of the healthcare profession this approach. IPSF calls for stakeholders to include youth in the fight against AMR as critical thinkers, willing to appraise needs for antibiotic therapy as well as bring innovative ideas to national strategies.

Finally, let us congratulate ourselves on what has been achieved so far but let us fully recognise how much remains to be done in the fight against AMR.