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GHANA RECEIVES £210 MILLION UK FUNDING TO COMBAT ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE

Ghana is among the 25 countries selected to receive £210 million in funding from the United Kingdom Government to combat deadly antimicrobial resistance (AMR) over the next three years.

This funding represents the largest investment in global AMR surveillance by any country.

The UK Government aims to collaborate with countries across Asia and Africa to address antimicrobial resistance, which poses a threat to global health security. The funding will support the Fleming Fund’s initiatives to tackle AMR in these regions, with a focus on countries where the threat and burden of AMR are high.

The investment will involve upgrading and equipping over 250 laboratories with advanced technology, including genome sequencing to track bacterial transmission among humans, animals, and the environment. Additionally, the funding will provide training sessions for laboratory staff, pharmacists, and hospital personnel, as well as scholarships to enhance expertise in microbiology, AMR policy, and One Health.

Antimicrobial resistance is a significant global health concern, leading to around 1.27 million deaths annually worldwide. The issue arises when bacteria evolve to a point where antibiotics and existing treatments are no longer effective. The funding aims to mitigate this threat by strengthening surveillance capabilities and building a skilled workforce.

The investment will also contribute to the UK-India Fleming Fund partnership, which will accelerate collaboration on AMR surveillance and support both countries in achieving their respective goals by 2030. The funding announcement coincided with the UK Health Secretary’s attendance at the G20 Health Ministers’ meeting in India.

AMR’s impact is substantial in the UK and around the world, and efforts to combat it require international cooperation and targeted investments to ensure the continued effectiveness of antibiotics and other medical treatments.

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