The Tricycle Project: A simple, One Health approach to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) global surveillance
To celebrate the 2021 One Health Day, Jorge Matheu Alvarez will talk to us about the opportunities and challenges of applying a One Health approach to foodborne antimicrobial resistance (AMR) integrated surveillance. The project measures the frequency rates of Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamases (ESBL) E. coli yearly in strictly identical and controlled conditions in three major sectors: the human, the food chain and the environment. The project supports the concept that a simplified, integrated, trans-sectoral surveillance system of bacterial resistance to antibiotics could be implemented on a global basis.
Jorge Matheu Alvarez, Team Lead of Global Initiatives and Instruments, Department of Global Coordination and Partnership of AMR, AMR division, World Health Organization (WHO)
Jorge received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Biology from the University of San Carlos, and his Master Degree in Public Health from the Rafael Landivar University, both in Guatemala. From 2000 to 2009, he was the Head of the Bacteriology Department of the National Laboratory of Health at the Ministry of Health in Guatemala. From 2010-2015 he worked as a specialist on AMR at The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), supporting and coordinating the Latin American AMR Surveillance Network. From 2015 to 2019, he was the project officer at the Department of Food Safety and Zoonoses at WHO, coordinating the laboratory and strengthening activities of the Global Foodborne Diseases Network and supporting and coordinating the activities of the Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance on AMR. In 2020, Jorge became the Team Lead for Laboratory Strengthening and Integrated Surveillance of AMR in the Department of Surveillance, Prevention and Control of AMR of the AMR division. In 2021, he started as a Team Lead in the Impact Initiatives and Research Coordination unit at WHO.
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