Title of the talk
Technical focal point for AMR, IPC and Labs at World
Anuj Sharma is a public health professional and has worked with more than 18 WHO Country Offices, 2 WHO Regional Offices and WHO headquarters, on development of national policies, strategies, action plans and technical documents on antimicrobial resistance, laboratories, blood safety and eHealth. He is a graduate from Maulana Azad Medical College, MD in medical microbiology from Lady Hardinge Medical College, and worked as a clinical microbiologist at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, before joining WHO. Since 2000, he started working with WHO on short international assignments focussed on antimicrobial resistance, laboratory strengthening and The Global Fund. He transited to full time public health in 2008 by joining the WHO Country Office for India as the focal point for lab surveillance and AMR. He coordinated the establishment of INSAR – Indian Network for Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance and facilitated the publication of INSAR data in indexed medical journals. In 2013, he moved to the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific in Manila, as the technical officer for AMR, laboratories and blood safety, where he coordinated the work of 2 cross-cutting working groups on – AMR and laboratories. Apart from regional initiatives, he organized country missions and development of national policy and action plans on AMR in Philippines and Cambodia. He is a co-author and developer of WHOs Global Report on AMR Surveillance, 2014. Since March 2016, he is back at the WHO Country Office for India as technical officer for antimicrobial resistance, and health laboratories, and is working closely with the government for containment of antimicrobial resistance and strengthening health laboratories. He facilitated the development of India’s National Action Plan on AMR, Delhi Declaration on Antimicrobial Resistance, Kerala Antimicrobial Resistance Strategic Action Plan (KARSAP), Madhya Pradesh State Action Plan for Containment of Antimicrobial Resistance (MP-SAPCAR) and Strategic Action Plan for Containment of Antimicrobial Resistance in Delhi (SAP-CARD). He coordinated the establishment of 3 state surveillance networks – Maharashtra Surveillance Antimicrobial Resistance (MAHASAR), Kerala Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (KARS-NET); and WHO-IAMM Network for Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance in Delhi (WINSAR-D) in collaboration with state governments and IAMM state chapters. He has also supported AMR initiatives in the South-East Asia Region (especially in Nepal) and Zambia.