The threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and its impact on cancer treatment is a priority for UICC. Currently, knowledge and awareness of the impact of AMR on cancer outcomes within the cancer community is low. It is urgent that oncology professionals, cancer advocates, programme managers, patient groups and other stakeholders working in the field of cancer understand and address the factors that contribute to the development and spread of AMR and develop and strategies for infection prevention and control.
In this regard, UICC provides information to increase awareness and supports the cancer community to drive policy change, taking forward the WHO global action plan on antimicrobial resistance adopted by the World Health Assembly in 2015, which outlines the following five objectives:
UICC leads a task force of experts on AMR and its impact on cancer care outcomes. The task force includes experts from the infectious diseases and cancer communities.
The task force will showcase current evidence, identify research gaps in knowledge of cancer and AMR, share best practices, and ultimately engage the cancer community to collaborate and bring about policy change on addressing the threat of AMR.
UICC is committed to ensuring that AMR remains a priority globally and has highlighted the need to address AMR for better cancer care outcomes at the global health level. At the 74th World Health Assembly, UICC stressed the need for governments, the cancer community and infections diseases communities to unite and raise awareness on AMR, share best practices for the rational use of antimicrobials and mobilize capacity building for R&D for new antimicrobials and diagnostics.
UICC has been active in raising awareness within the cancer community and beyond on the importance of addressing AMR through communications, including news and blogs, virtual learning activities, virtual dialogues, articles in science journals, and through social media (please see our resources hub for more).
In the coming months, UICC will continue to raise awareness on AMR and highlight the importance of multisectoral collaboration.