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Tackling the Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance in Hong Kong

The antimicrobial resistance (AMR) problem is one of the emerging health issues across the globe, including in Hong Kong. Chaired by the Secretary for Food and Health, the High-Level Steering Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance was set up in 2016 to call for collaboration, synergy and cross-fertilisation of all professional sectors under the “One Health” framework in response to AMR. It comprises representatives from relevant Government departments, public and private hospitals, healthcare organisations, academia and relevant professional bodies. Ms. Sabrina Chan, the Senior Executive Director of HKAPI has been a member of the Steering Committee since the establishment of the Committee.

The Food and Health Bureau convened the seventh meeting of the High Level Steering Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance in May 2022. Photo shows the Secretary for Food and Health, Professor Sophia Chan (front row, centre); the Permanent Secretary for Food and Health (Health), Mr Thomas Chan (front row, fourth right); the Permanent Secretary for Food and Health (Food), Miss Vivian Lau (back row, fourth left); members of the Committee, Ms Sabrina Chan (front row, third right) and Professor Yuen Kwok-yung (front row, fourth left); institutional members of the Committee and other officials taking a group photo before the meeting.

With the support from the Steering Committee, the Government launched the “Hong Kong Strategy and Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance” in July 2017, outlining the key areas and objectives to combat AMR. Through the joint efforts of relevant Government departments and organisations in implementing the Action Plan over the past five years, positive outcomes were achieved in minimising the emergence and preventing the spread of AMR. 

Prof. Sophia Chan, Chairman of the Steering Committee, expressed her gratitude to the members of the Steering Committee for their time and efforts over the past years. They participated in the formulation of the first Action Plan, and have been reviewing the implementation progress of the relevant prevention and measures, as well as assessing the local AMR situation and providing valuable advice on further controlling AMR.

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