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Wildlife, Agricultural soils, Water environments and antimicrobial resistance - what is known, needed and feasible for global Environmental Surveillance (WAWES)

Published 2018-12-14

The World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO), and World organisation for Animal health (OIE), agrees on thatsurveillance of antibiotic/antimicrobial resistant bacteria (AMR) should beperformed using a one-health multi-sectorial approach. Despite this there istoday an overall lack of surveillance focusing on the environment and wildlife.Furthermore, there is unquestionably a lack of standardization anduniformization of studies and efforts performed regarding AMR on theenvironment and wildlife. The JPIAMR Strategic research agenda published in2013 also highlighted the lack of data, comparable information andcross-sectorial studies in the environment. To amend this, we have initiatedthe network WAWES -  Wildlife,Agricultural soils, Water environments and antibiotic resistancewhat is known, needed and feasible? - A proposal for a global EnvironmentalSurveillance, which consists of 27 partners from 17 countries fromall over the globe representing low to high income settings. WAWES has theshared objective to find a way to perform a global comparative surveillance ofAMR in the environment and wildlife, which could be applicable in the majorityof countries despite economic resources. Due to the complexity of theenvironment WAWES will however as an initial phase chiefly focus on the sectorsof wildlife, agricultural soils, wastewaters and impacted water environments.

Applied budget: 50.000 EUROs