The Global Charter is a framework developed by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA). It consists of core services (Protection, Prevention and Promotion) and enabler functions (Governance, Advocacy, Capacity, and Information), offering a wide-ranging approach to tackle health threats and helps to address public health challenges through the development of multi-sectoral policies and collaboration: a vital approach in combatting AMR in the spirit of ‘One Health’.
Therefore, the Charter provides a foundation for the delivery of effective public health policies and outcomes globally, nationally and locally which will also support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. There is clear added value in addressing health promotion, primary prevention and environment health in one framework.
The joint EPHA and WFPHA paper presents the Charter and the current state of play for each of the services and functions from the prism of AMR. It also offers recommendations for each of the seven Charter headings.
Civil society has an important role to play in the response to AMR and could help ensure that actions undertaken to curb AMR have a real impact on the ground. EPHA, among other organisations is calling for the greater involvement of civil society and dedicated resources for national governments in the EU to strengthen the development and implementation of their AMR policies. It has also brought together over 40 different European organisations in signing a Joint Statement and Call To Action on AMR presented by EPHA to the EU Health Policy Platform in 2018, following the release of the EU One Health Action Plan against AMR.
As analyzing current responses to AMR through the framework of the Charter has shown, it can be a valuable addition to the tools currently available to help us understand, evaluate and address the public health challenges we face.
Ann Marie Borg