831. Chennai declaration-An achievement in creating an attitude change
Session: Poster Abstract Session: Clinical Practice Issues
Friday, October 4, 2013
Room: The Moscone Center: Poster Hall C
Posters
  • Chennai declaration IDSA.pdf (170.4 kB)
  • Background: There is currently no functioning national antibiotic policy in India.The Road map meeting and its product The Chennai declaration was to initiate an antibiotic policy in India. The aim of this paper was to analyse the impact of “The Declaration”

    Methods:

    The Road map symposia was the first ever meeting of medical societies in India on issue of tackling resistance, with a plan to formulate a road map to tackle the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance from the Indian perspective. The product of this meeting was The Chennai declaration”  is based on the theme of “a practical but not a perfect policy” for a developing country.

    Aim was to initiate efforts to formulate a national policy to control the rising trend of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), after consultation with all relevant stake holders .Bringing together medical societies in India is undoubtedly a huge challenge.

    Hundreds of emails and phone calls, persuasion, , moments of disappointments and discouragement and months of tireless work were necessary to realise a meeting of all major medical societies in the country with participation of representatives of Governmental bodies and all major stake holders.

    Results:

    “Chennai declaration” produced a serious attitude change in Indian medical community, authorities and even international community.

    After The Chennai declaration medical community and Indian authorities have become more receptive about the resistance issue. They have foregone their inhibitions and are open to discussion. Nine International journals have published reviews appreciating the Indian effort.  International academic community has changed the approach towards India and other developing countries by being sympathetic and not critical. The Chief Medical Officer of UK in the  annual report,  has advised British Govt to support Chennai declaration initiative, to be implemented in commonwealth countries . Our Government is studying the "Declaration” to explore ways of implementing the recommendations in the country.

    An antibiotic policy is almost there!!The ice is melting

    Conclusion:

    Chennai declaration is producing a serious "attitude change" among Indian medical community and Indian authorities. The Declaration efforts could change the 'direction of the wind". The stage is set for a policy .

    Abdul Ghafur, MD MRCP FRCPath, Infectious Diseases, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, India

    Disclosures:

    A. Ghafur, None

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