Dr Keiji Fukuda, WHO Assistant Director-General will be in HKU on July 22, 2016

Dr Keiji Fukuda, Special Representative for Antimicrobial Resistance and World Health Organization Assistant Director-General will give a seminar at the Public Health Research Centre (PHRC) of the University of Hong Kong entitled The Nature of Present and Future Global Health Challenges, on Friday July 22, 2016.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) can be considered indicative of what global public health challenges in the modern era have become. The core technical issue is that a combination of microbial genetics and widespread use of antimicrobial medicines in human health and agricultural sectors is driving increasingly higher levels of resistance to such medicines among a wide range of pathogens. One immediate consequences is an estimated 700,000 deaths per year associated with such resistance, and projections of up to 10 million death per year by 2050. This seminar will look at the underlying factors contributing to the widespread use and overuse of such antimicrobial medicines, the combined impact of this issue, the breadth of groups and sectors needed to achieve an effective and sustained response to this growing global health security issue, the major challenges of AMR and the options for continued momentum after the high-level meeting at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2016.

Date: July 22, 2016 (Friday) Time: 11:30 to 13:00 (sandwich lunch from 11:30 to 11:45; seminar begins at 11:45) Venue: Mrs Chen Yang Foo Oi Telemedicine Centre (MTC), 2/F, William MW Mong Block, LKS Faculty of Medicine Building, 21 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong Online registration is available here. Please register on or before noon of July 19, 2016 (Tuesday). Sandwiches will be provided to registered participants of the seminar.