Cuba Takes Part in FAO’s Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance

Havana, Jun 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuba participates in the Regional Project of the FAO Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), which are drugs and antibiotics that today face the microbes” adaptation to the action of these medications.

Other participants in the program implemented by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are Ecuador, Honduras, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic and Bolivia, according to the project coordinator at the FAO Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Leopoldo del Barrio.

In an exclusive interview with Prensa Latina, the expert stated that the objective of this program is to support the food and agriculture sectors in the implementation of the FAO global action plan on antimicrobial resistance, which minimizes the impact of the immunity to them.

AMR is a natural phenomenon that occurs when microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites, adapt to antimicrobial agents and, as a result, the drugs become ineffective.

According to Del Barrio, a veterinarian by profession, 60 percent of pathogens that make people sick come from animals, hence the importance that the animal and human health sectors are represented in the AMR action plans in each country.

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