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Responding to Anti-Microbial Resistance in China

abstract:The spread of anti-microbial resistant disease strains around the world challenges the capacity of healthcare providers to treat even low-grade infections. Until recently, much of the discourse on AMR has focused on resistant genes in human beings; largely as a result of over exposure to or inappropriate use of antibiotics. This paper explores the threat posed by AMR in China. It starts by reviewing the emergence of the threat posed by AMR, in humans and from food sources. The paper then moves on to discussing how antibiotics are deployed and how patterns of use and misuse have contributed to the spread of AMR within China. Expanding on the empirical findings from the case study, and supported by other examples in different Asian countries, the paper focuses on a series of areas that play a critical role in the rise of AMR. This paper argues that the new policy focus of this vector is a result of the state attempting to impose policy order on the health care system. As the lessons from other infectious diseases demonstrate, in the absence of policies that support robust bio-medical interventions, diseases proliferate.

Speaker:Nick Thomas

Bio:Associate Professor at City University of Hong KongResearch Interests/Areas:Discipline: Political Science, International RelationsChinese Foreign PolicyHealth Security in AsiaAsian securityCurrent/Recent Research ProjectsAsian Diseases in International AffairsChina's Subnational RelationsAustralia-China Relations

Venue and Date:4:30 - 6:00NEW ICC

16 Oct