Vision, Mission & Principles

ICARS is a platform for generating, assessing and using evidence to support the development and implementation of cost-effective and context-specific solutions to antimicrobial resistance in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Vision

We envisage a world where resistance to antimicrobial drugs no longer poses a threat to the health of humans and animals, the environment, global food security and economic prosperity.

Mission

Our mission is to generate, assess, and use evidence for the development and implementation of cost-effective and context-specific solutions to mitigate antimicrobial resistance, in low- and middle-income countries.

Core Principles

ICARS has five core principles that ICARS will adhere to in developing and delivering all activities.

ICARS will work with partners and collaborators all over the world who demonstrate that they align and commit to implementing these principles. 

ICARS five core principles

Country
Ownership
  • Country led
  • Priorities defined by individual countries based on country national action plans, needs and challenges at national and local levels 
  • Integrated top down (e.g. government, local authorities) and bottom up (e.g. professionals, academia, community representatives) approach
One Health
  • A collaborative, multisector and holistic approach
  • Actions relevant to human and animal health, the environment, global food security and economic prosperity 
  • AMR Specific and AMR Sensitive activities
Partnership 
  • A solution development partnership - delivering in partnership with key stakeholders at international, regional, national, and/or local levels
  • Alignment and collaboration across public, private, and philanthropic sectors and various disciplines
  • Maximising the use of limited resources, building on existing work for an effective approach and to avoid duplication
  • Participatory cross-disciplinary research approach 
Solution (s) [Focused]
  • Focusing on providing policy relevant evidence-based solutions
  • Translation of country national action plans and international policies, standards and frameworks into practice on the ground
  • Identify causes and barriers to implementation of existing solutions
  • Combining immediate action with long-term vision
Sustainability
  • Cost effective solutions (economically feasible and practical for the country)
  • Laying the foundations for change and supporting initial implementation
  • Integrating into existing resources, systems and infrastructure, where possible
  • Capacity and capability building in country – supporting leaders and local champions, utilising and expanding expertise of existing capacity and training the next generation
  • Alignment to other global and country agendas and priorities (e.g. SDGs, Universal Health Coverage)