The website was created by the National Health Research Institutes (NHRI) to provide accessible and comprehensive information about the issues associated
with infectious diseases, antibiotic consumption, and antimicrobial resistance to the government, the scientific society, the medical community, and the general
Due to the high prevalence of antimicrobial resistance and the associated health and economic impacts, the topic of antibiotic use is regarded as an urgent
and critical problem by the World Health Organization (WHO). A global action plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance was endorsed at the sixty-eighth World Health Assembly
in May 2015. The plan lists five strategic objectives:
To better understand antimicrobial resistance, the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) encourages a reliable surveillance system for the prevalence of
infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, and antibiotic consumption in hospitals, outpatient facilities, and the community, as well as in veterinary medicine and in
animal husbandry. The NHRI is dedicated to the improvement of health care in Taiwan, including a plan to decrease antimicrobial resistance. Therefore, this website Taiwan
Antimicrobial Resistance Network was created to improve awareness and understanding of antimicrobial use and infectious disease, and to strengthen knowledge
about antimicrobial resistance in Taiwan through surveillance. The policies and efforts to reduce the incidence of infectious disease, and to optimize the use of
antimicrobial agents can also be assessed using the information from the website.
The website Taiwan Antimicrobial Resistance Network was created by the integrated efforts of many departments and includes data collected
from the Taiwan Center for Disease Control (CDC), the National Health Insurance (NHI) Administration, and the NHRI. The intellectual material maintained in the website is
the result of cooperation between the National Institute of Infectious Disease and Vaccinology and the Institute of Population Health Sciences which have a long-standing
collaboration in the analysis of the epidemiology of antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance.
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