Role at National Level

ICARS builds on national efforts to tackle antimicrobial resistance by partnering with low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to conduct intervention and implementation research.

We strive to:

  • Provide support to low- and middle-income countries in translating policies and One Health national action plans into practice,
  • Build on existing research and international development efforts while expanding the scale and scope of the response and
  • Increase investment and collaboration across sectors. 

Our role

After initial discussion with LMICs, we work closely with national and local stakeholders to identify priorities and to develop evidence based, context-specific and cost-effective solutions to mitigate antimicrobial resistance in the respective country. 

Where information and solutions exist, we co-develop research projects together with the recipient countries, to identify the root causes inhibiting implementation and develop cost-effective and context-specific solutions to overcome the challenges.

In areas where little is known about what interventions and solutions work most effectively, in what contexts, and what should be prioritised, we – together with the recipient country – determine their relative importance and interdependency across different sectors and contexts and conduct cost-benefit analyses.

How we operate

Based on a governments request and a commitment to act, ICARS works with the country’s Antimicrobial Resistance Coordinating Committees and other stakeholders to identify and prioritize activities using global and national action plans as foundation. When developing specific projects and solutions, ICARS takes a participatory research approach and works with national and local policymakers, academics, professionals, businesses, communities, and wider stakeholders (the Tripartite, UNEP, NGOs, developing programs etc.) as appropriate.  
By close consultation, collaboration and alignment with existing activities, we avoid duplication, while building on and strengthening the essential wider efforts to address antimicrobial resistance within the country. 

At ICARS we utilise existing expertise within the country and build further capacity and capability so efforts can be sustained and scaled up at national and international levels. Projects can include economic evaluations to inform of the cost-benefit of the identified solutions which can either be executed by us internally at ICARS or be commissioned.

The knowledge, evidence, and solutions identified during an implementation project feed into ICARS’ global communication work and aim to be on open access repositories (new and existing). 

Are you a government official of a low- or middle-income country committed to fighting AMR, that could use support from ICARS to implement its National Action Plan? Click here to find out more about the application process.

Examples of Potential Areas of Activity