On 25th September 2017, the Russian National Action Plan was established in two parts that cover the time periods from 2017-2020 and from 2020-2030, Prof Kozlov explained. This plan describes seven major pillars that include the development of professional education and emphasise the importance of collaboration.
Consequently Russia is in the early stages of implementation and one of the first tasks to draw up a roadmap for the roll-out of this new initiative. This is a very poignant moment, as it will be the first time when different constituencies such as the Minister of Health and the Minister of Agriculture within the Russian Confederation will need to work together.
Regarding international collaboration, Russia is continuing to assist Russian-speaking colleagues within the former USSR as part of their mandate. Russia also has a good, long-term relationship with the UK. For example there is a joint exhibition between the Wellcome Trust and the Natural History Museum of Moscow on microbial life to raise public awareness.
One of the specific parts in which we achieved probably the biggest success is actually professional education, because it’s a separate entity within the initial action plan, and we are in the late stages of approval from the professional standard of medical microbiology.
Prof Roman Kozlov
To complement the efforts to improve professional education, Russia has also initiated mass media campaigns. This was prompted by recent outbreaks of infections such as measles, which attracted substantial attention towards the role of antimicrobials and therefore provided the opportunity to work with Russian newspapers in order to educate consumers on AMR.
Prof Kozlov concluded that the major focus for Russia over the next few years will be to communicate the action plan and implement it effectively to achieve the maximum benefit possible within the timeframe.