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Marisol Touraine's article in the Lancet: Tackling antimicrobial resistance in France

French Minister of Social Affairs and Health Marisol Touraine has published an article in the Lancet May 2nd on how to tackle antimicrobial resistance in France. Touraine writes that antimicrobial resistance is an international health security issue that needs coordinated regional, national, and international approaches. According to her article the first antimicrobial resistance programme was launched in France in 2002, when data from the European surveillance network showed France had troubling rates of antibiotic consumption and resistance. This programme, mainly based on a public national awareness campaign, was widely adopted. Subsequently, antibiotic use in the community decreased by 26%. Surveillance was also strengthened through the development of national reference centres and surveillance networks for antimicrobial use and resistance coordinated by the National Institute of Public Health.

Read the full article: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(16)30356-7/abstract

Marisol Touraine: Tackling antimicrobial resistance in France. The Lancet. Published online, 2.5.2016. http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(16)30356-7/abstract

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