Workshop on “Data Management System of Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network” was conducted on 21st August 2018 at Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), Indraprastha Estate, Ring Road, New Delhi. About 100 participants from the network were introduced to i-AMRSS and hands-on demonstration of Data entry i-AMRSS was provided to them. The data validation and data analytics modules of i-AMRSS were also demonstrated to the participants.
A meeting on ‘Priority setting for research in antimicrobial resistance (AMR)’ was held on 3rd April, 2019 at ICMR, New Delhi. A group of experts discussed the AMR priorities in basic research, diagnostics, clinical research, hospital infection prevention and control, veterinary sector and health economics.
A meeting of all ‘Principal Investigators of AMR surveillance network’ was held on 14th May, 2019 to evaluate the progress and to address the issues related to surveillance.
A meeting on “Regulatory challenges around antibiotic availability in India” was held on May 21, 2019.
Principal Investigators Meeting
Meeting of the principal investigators of all nodal and regional centers was conducted on 8th May 2018 at ICMR Headquarters to assess the progress and address the challenges of the AMR surveillance network.
Dr VC Ohri, Senior Consultant, ICMR, Chaired the meeting and discussed about various issues like data entry, analysis, annual report of AMR data and drafting 2nd edition of SOPs. Dr Kamini Walia, Senior Scientist and Program Officer for AMR, ICMR and all Principal investigators, discussed the progress and gave their suggestions.
National workshop on improving lab based antimicrobial resistance surveillance in India
Presentation on External Quality Assurance (EQAS) by Dr V Balaji, Professor, CMC, Vellore
Hands-On training in Antimicrobial susceptibility Testing techniques in Bacteriology and Mycology
ICMR and CDC organized a national workshop on Antimicrobial susceptibility testing in Bacteriology and Mycology conducted by Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh on April 2-4, 2018. About 90 participants from 48 different institutes, medical colleges and hospitals participated in the workshop.
The workshop was inaugurated by Dr Jagat Ram, Director, Post Graduate Institute of Medial Sciences (PGIMER), Dr Sujit Singh, Director, National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Kamini Walia, Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), Dr Daniel Garcia, Senior Lab Advisor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Prof Arunaloke Chakrabarti, Head, Dept of Medical Microbiology, PGIMER, Chandigarh and by Prof Pallab Ray, Professor, Dept of Medical Microbiology, PGIMER, Chandigarh.
Meeting on external quality assurance (EQAS)
To ensure quality assurance and sustainability ICMR conducted a meeting on EQAS with experts on 23rd March 2018 at ICMR headquarters, New Delhi. Dr V Balaji, Professor, CMC, Vellore presented data and future plan for EQAS for the AMR network.
Meeting with private sector hospitals and labs
A meeting with representatives from private hospitals and clinical labs was conducted for extension of AMR network on 17th November 2017 at ICMR headquarters, New Delhi. Private hospitals and labs like Fortis Healthcare Unitech Business Park, ARTEMIS hospitals, Gurgaon, DGMS (Army), Lal Path Labs, SRL Diagnostics, Max Healthcare, Delhi, Medanta hospital, Gurgaon participated and expressed interest in participating in the AMR surveillance. The meeting was Chaired by Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Former Director General, ICMR
Meeting of Nodal Center PIs
A meeting with representatives from private hospitals and clinical labs was conducted for extension of AMR network on 17th November 2017 at ICMR headquarters, New Delhi.
Dr.V.C.Ohri, Senior Consultant, Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), Chaired the meeting. Dr.Kamini Walia, Scientist E, ICMR and all Principal investigators, discussed the progress so far and way forward for the AMR network.
Meeting of principal investigators for Hospital Infection Control
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi in collaboration with CDC and ICMR conducted meeting of principal investigators for “Capacity building and strengthening of hospital infection control to detect and prevent antimicrobial resistance” in India, on 7th and 8th September, 2017 at Ashok Hotel, New Delhi as part OF THE Global Health Security Agenda.