PLANNING, POLICY AND ADVOCACY
The RADAAR project focuses on regional data sharing and analysis to influence and facilitate evidence-based policy-making, advocacy, and response. It aims to bring together partners generating AMR, AMU, AMC data, to share their experiences through a participatory approach; establish a regional data sharing framework and platform for analysis and visualisation relevant to policy-making, advocacy, and response; and provide Fleming Fund priority countries with relevant information for planning, policy and interventions.
RADAAR hosted the first regional workshop in its series on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) data-sharing and analysis from June 8th – June 10th for the South Asia region(Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). A total of 135 participants registered for the event – of which 117 participated on Day 1, and 97 each on Days 2 and 3 – including country stakeholders, regional experts, and consortium members. The workshop included presentations from speakers on topics ranging from the genomics behind the emergence and spread of AMR to the unique challenges faced by low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in AMR policy-making. It was also a forum for discussion on topics related to AMR, including the inclusion and prioritization of different types of data and approaches to effective data-sharing and analysis. The workshop will inform the creation of a draft regional framework for AMR data-sharing and analysis, updated to include the inputs and valuable perspectives of the multisectoral participants, as well as, co-development of unique AMR policy advocacy guidance document and tools to strengthen capacities of LMICs to translate data and evidence into compelling policy pitches.,
The data workshop for Africa will take place from 29th June – 1st July and the data workshop for Southeast Asia from 13th – 15th July.
The two policy workshops are being held in Africa and Asia for decision-makers and policy-makers from Fleming Fund countries, together with the tripartite agencies, etc.
KEY INFORMANT INTERVIEWS
During October 2020 to January 2021, RADAAR gathered information from Bangladesh, Nepal, Malawi, Timor-Leste, Uganda, and Viet Nam, through key informant interviews (KIIs) with 60 country level stakeholders (conducted online due to COVID-19 restrictions). A further 30 interviews were conducted at the regional/global level, with experts or those coordinating major initiatives, projects, and networks.
The objectives of these 90 KIIs were to:
Inform the content and design for three multi-sectoral regional data workshops in South Asia, Southeast Asia and Africa, and two policy workshops in Asia and Africa to be held in 2021. The data workshops involve data generators, and the policy workshops, decision- and policy-makers. Participants are from countries that are part of the Fleming Fund, together with those from the tripartite agencies (WHO, FAO and OIE) and others.
Identify existing regional platforms and mechanisms for data-sharing and analysis between countries; and whether such platforms/mechanism are or could be useful, and what they should look like ideally. Based on this analysis, RADAAR will develop a regional framework for data-sharing and analysis for improving policy-making. Small pilot initiatives are planned to identify the best way of getting countries – focused on Fleming Fund countries – to share AMR data.
For more information on The Fleming Fund Planning, Policy and Advocacy:
RADAAR ONLINE SURVEY
During April 2021, RADAAR conducted an online survey inviting key stakeholders and country experts involved in shaping AMR prevention and control efforts to share their thoughts and insights on AMR data sharing and analysis. The purpose of this survey was to inform the design and content of a series of regional data and policy workshops in Asia and Africa.
A total of 205 respondents from the 22 Fleming Fund countries completed the survey, which was divided into sections for animal and human health. RADAAR also organized three webinars for South-east Asia, South Asia and Africa, to facilitate the completion of the survey and answer any queries. The survey shed light on how AMR/AMU/AMC data is being collected, shared and utilized by the different countries. The results of both the key informant interviews and the online survey are being presented during the AMR data-sharing and analysis workshops.