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Assessment of national antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance in Kenya


07 October 2016 - Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a worldwide health threat at the human–animal-environment interface. Overuse and misuse of antimicrobials in different sectors can result in ineffectiveness of previously successful human and animal treatments of diseases. Food and feed producing agriculture that use antimicrobials therapeutically and non-therapeutically include the following sub-sectors: livestock, aquatic animals and crops for food and feed production.

As part of the implementation of the Global Action Plan (GAP) on AMR developed by the World Health Organization of the United Nations (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has established an inter-departmental Working Group on AMR (AMR-WG).  The AMR-WG developed an Action Plan on AMR to support the GAP.

In the context of the Fleming Fund (OSRO/GLO/510/UK), FAO is assisting countries in developing a national strategy to reduce the threat of AMR in agriculture, fisheries, food and livestock production as part of the implementation of the Global Action Plan on AMR in 4 selected countries: Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ghana and Cambodia.

To this effect 2 independent experts have been conducting a mission on Assessment of National AMR Surveillance in Kenya from 26-30 September 2016, supported by a national team.

The objectives of the mission:

  • To collect general information on the context of AMR surveillance
  • To assess the level of AMR surveillance, testing, national networking on AMR, data collation, analysis and information dissemination
  • To assess AMR testing capacities
  • To collect some related elements on residue testing and surveillance of AM use


Group photo with some students and staff at the University of Nairobi, Department of Public Health, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Bacteriology Lab. In a striped tie is Professor James Mbaria, the Chairman of the Department.


Assessors meeting with laboratory staff in Bacteriology lab at Central Veterinary Laboratories (CVL), Kabete

Mr. Joseph Kimari the Quality Manager of ANALABS explaining some of the Bacteriology work carried out at the lab

The team with the Principal of Meat Training Institute, Dr. James Karitu (in a checked coat) and a staff member in one of the training labs (Credits: ©FAO)

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