The UN establishes the Quadripartite Technical Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and Antimicrobial Use (AMU) Integrated Surveillance

Prof. David Graham was just appointed to the United Nations Quadripartite Technical Group on Antimicrobial Resistance and Use Integrated Surveillance (QTG-AIS) established by the Quadripartite Joint Secretariat on AMR. QTG-AIS was formed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, United Nations Environment Programme, World Health Organization, and the World Organisation for Animal Health, and has been created to provide advice and guidance on the development of global, regional and country-level integrated surveillance systems for AMR and AMU. A special goal is to establish effective surveillance capacities across all resource settings.

QTG-AIS is mandated to provide:

  • advice to the Quadripartite on needs, scope, and format on integrated surveillance; how it should be updated to reflect emerging evidence and experience; and advocate for covering identified gaps;
  • reviews and refine current definition of integrated surveillance and agree on priority needs in different contexts;
  • technical advice to the Quadripartite on issues emerging from regional- and country-level work on AMR/AMU integrated surveillance;
  • strategic advice and input to the Global Leaders Group on AMR and AMU integrated surveillance; and
  • technical support/assistance via the Quadripartite to build country- and regional-level integrated AMR/AMU surveillance capabilities.

The QTG-AIS comprises 27 experts with AMR and AMU surveillance experience, including Prof Graham. See the Press Release here for the list of named individuals. Update: See a more developed summary of QTG-AIS here.