Access to appropriate diagnosis, sustained interventions and treatment remains a top priority to reduce the burden of AMR nationally. AMR rapid diagnostics have the potential to equip healthcare professionals to understand the type of infection affecting patient, analyse its scale and provide appropriate treatment in a timely manner. However, such reliable and validated diagnostics to detect drug resistance are lacking in Indian healthcare system. Few rapid diagnostic tests are available both in India & globally, developed by public/govt. and private innovators. But none of these can be recommended for use as they have not been evaluated through any system. A coordinating unit on AMR diagnostics is being established to facilitate the validation of AMR diagnostics and to suggest suitable test for different levels of healthcare.
ICMR’s initiative on AMR diagnostics