Canada funds research on innovative veterinary solutions for antimicrobial resistance
Canada's International Development Research Centre and the UK's Department of Health and Social Care have announced US$16 million to fund eleven new research projects that fall under the Innovative Veterinary Solutions for Antimicrobial Resistance initiative. Antimicrobial resistance in animals threatens treatment of bacterial infections in humans and animals alike.
Livestock and aquaculture farmers in low and middle-income countries are increasingly being impacted by infectious disease outbreaks; the loss in livestock productivity threatens food security and hinders trade. The contamination of animal products with antimicrobial-resistant bacteria also poses a risk for humans, animals, and the environment.
This initiative is supported by the UN's political declaration on antimicrobial resistance, the Global Health Security Agenda and Action Plan, the World Health Assembly, and the World Organization for Animal Health's Global Action Plans.