Symposium #1

Antimicrobial Resistance: A Global Threat

No invitations necessary; open to all conference registrants

Tuesday, 6 December 2016
CTICC room location: 1.4

Antimicrobial resistance is increasing the cost, and reducing the success, of health care across Africa. Laboratory professionals are key to recognizing and containing resistance. In the last decade, resistance has had particularly devastating effects on systemic, respiratory and enteric infections, particularly in the very young. This session will review the current epidemiology of antibacterial resistance, particularly as impacts Africa. Participants will be introduced to the problem of resistance in pathogens that contribute significantly to Africa’s infectious disease burden from bacteriaeamias, enteric infections and respiratory disease. Speakers will address bacterial as well as anthropomorphic factors exacerbating antimicrobial resistance. The session will also address interventions that are, or could be useful for containing the problem, particularly those that apply to laboratory scientists.


  • Keith Klugman, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, United States
  • Iruka Okeke, University of Ibadan, Nigeria


  • Shaheen Mehtar, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Samuel Kariuki, Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kenya
  • Iruka Okeke, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Chery Cohen, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, South Africa