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Antibiotics in livestock

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    ACT in Pakistan: Empowering caretakers of livestock to help the country combat foodborne AMR
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    In Pakistan, the work of the FAO-implemented and Republic of Korea-funded Action to support implementation of Codex AMR Texts (ACT) project is seeing positive results in the rural livestock sector. The project has been training veterinary practitioners to raise awareness among livestock carers about the need for responsible and prudent use of antimicrobials to reduce the threat of foodborne antimicrobial resistance. This is the first in a series of success stories that will focus on different activities of the ACT project in each of the six project countries.
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    Handbook Responsible use of antibiotics in livestock production for animal health workers in Viet Nam 2020
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    Using antimicrobial drugs in terrestrial and aquatic animals is critical to both health and productivity. It contributes to food safety and animal wellbeing, and in turn to protecting the livelihood and sustainability of animal production. There is a growing concern that resistance to antimicrobial drugs, including antibiotics, will reverse the achievements of food safety and animal health. It is important that these drugs remain available and effective in animal health and agriculture. Animal health workers play a role in veterinary extension and livestock production services. He or she provides preventive animal health care, help in animal disease control, biosecurity promotion, and basic first aid services to farm animals, however many of them do not have neither practical guidelines nor access to training on antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial use. The Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases, FAO Viet Nam, has provided various training programmes to animal health workers, in collaboration with the Department of Animal Health. Our experience has shown that animal health workers are a part of the solutions for responsible antimicrobial use and mitigation of antimicrobial resistance. This handbook, therefore, aims to provide first-hand knowledge on antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial use, serving as a practical guideline for animal health workers to gain a better understanding and advocate them to promote responsible antimicrobial use among animal producers and animal drug sellers and ultimately reduce antimicrobial resistance.
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    Prudent and efficient use of antimicrobials in pigs and poultry
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    Antimicrobials are widely used in both humans and livestock and have greatly contributed to better human and animal health. However, these benefits are being threatened by the global emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Because humans and animals often share the same bacteria and may be treated with the same types of antibacterial drugs, resistance to antibiotics is the most critical aspect of AMR for the livestock sector. One way to mitigate the emergence of AMR is to reduce the overall use of antibiotics by combining prudent and medically rational use with other disease preventive measures. This manual will contribute to addressing the challenge of AMR by promoting the prevention of infections and the prudent use of antibiotics in the pig and poultry sectors, the livestock sectors that generally have the highest use of antibiotics. It should be regarded as a practical complement to national governance and regulatory measures. The manual is intended to assist pharmacists, veterinarians, other animal health workers, farm owners and their staff in using antibiotics in a prudent and medically efficient way without loss in productivity. It is especially targeted to farmers with commercialized medium- or large-scale production, veterinarians and other animal health personnel in non-EU Eastern European and Balkan countries, the Caucasus, and Central Asia, who are dealing with pigs and poultry. However, in many cases the principles and practices described here are universally useful and may be applied elsewhere.

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