Antimicrobial Resistance

Integral Unit of Services, Diagnosis and Verification (UISDC), National Service for Agrifood Health, Safety and Quality (SENASICA), Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural development (SADER)


Av Centenario de la Educación s / n, (Km 37.5 Federal Highway Mexico - Pachuca),
55740 Tecámac de Felipe Villanueva, Tecámac
State of Mexico | Website

Date of Designation:

10 December 2020 

Areas of work:

  • Assessment of antimicrobial resistance through Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (AST) methods for bacteria of veterinary interest covering:
    • pathogenic and non-pathogenic enteric bacteria.
    • antimicrobials of common use for human and animal species.
  • Training on the implementation of quality management systems for bacteriology and molecular biology laboratories.
  • Training for the identification of molecular markers of antimicrobial resistance.
  • Implementing AMR testing and surveillance programmes at different levels.

Key Activities:

The main objective of the activities is to support the implementation of FAO Action Plan on AMR, and provide support to members, particularly to raise awareness, develop laboratory, surveillance and epidemiological capacity, strengthen governance and promote good practices as well as responsible use of antmicrobials: 

  • support the development and review of awareness-raising materials, participating in the global antibiotic awareness week, performing technical conferences on the prudent use of antimicrobials, and organize seminars, trainings and workshops for the countries of the region on AMU and AMR issues based on the One Health concept;
  • Performing lectures (via Webex, go to meeting, skype, etc.) and video conferences on the progress of the AMR in Mexico with the countries of Central and South America, and the Caribbean;
  • Support to the strategic and technical capacity development for bacteriology and tests of susceptibility to antimicrobials;
  • Training for different countries in the identification of molecular markers of antimicrobial resistance (via Webex, go to meeting, skype, etc.);
  • Sequencing of microorganisms for detection of resistance genes in México and pilot countries;
  • Support the development and implementation of SOP for diagnostic laboratories at beneficiary countries;
  • Coordinate the use of FAO ATLASS tool for laboratories in pilot countries and providing trainings for different countries in the identification of antimicrobial resistance marker molecules;
  • Develop collaborative research network among the participant countries;
  • Promote good agricultural practices and prudent use of antimicrobials by supporting the adaptation and implementation of good practices and prudent use guidelines for various sectors through technical conferences, and participating in collaborative research on AMRs, particularly those related to development and improvement of antimicrobial practices and alternatives

Working languages:

  • English
  • Spanish

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