Antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic use in Timor-Leste: building surveillance capacity with a One Health approach

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The Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) has been awarded a Fleming Fund country grant to work with the Timor-Leste Ministry of Health (MoH) and Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) on a One Health project to build capacity for surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and antimicrobial use (AMU) in the human and agriculture sectors in Timor-Leste.

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The Fleming Fund investment in Timor-Leste, managed by the Menzies School of Health Research, has had a major impact. It has been used to improve patient care, as well as inform public health responses to AMR and the correct use of antibiotics across human and animal health sectors.

The UK and Indonesia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on health cooperation and its Joint Action Plan. The two countries have also signed a Grant Agreement for the Fleming Fund partnership on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance in Indonesia.