Introduction

  Website Goals


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 population.

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 improve awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance
  • to strengthen knowledge through surveillance and research
  • to reduce the incidence of infection
  • to optimize the use of antimicrobial agents
  • to economically develop a sustainable investment that takes into account the needs of all countries, and to increase investment into new medicines, diagnostic tools, vaccines, and other interventions.

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.

  Team Members


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.

Data Collection and Analyses:
Institute of Population Health Sciences
    • Chao A. Hsiung, Ph.D.
    • Shu-Man Shih, M.S.

National Institute of Infectious Disease and Vaccinology
    • Ching-Len Liao, Ph.D.
    • Tsai-Ling Yang Lauderdale, Ph.D.
    • Shu-Chen Kuo, MD, Ph.D.

 

Consultant Panel
    • Taiwan CDC
Website Maintenance and Support
    • Center for Biomedical Resources, NHRI

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