Stakeholder engagement at Karnataka State Pharmacy Council for development of a State-level Antimicrobial Stewardship policy

  • Sunitha Chandrasekhar Srinivas Rhodes University
  • Maneesh Paul Satyaseela Acharya Institutes
  • Samson George Karnataka State Pharmacy Council
  • Ramakrishna Prasad Academy of Family Physicians of India
  • Renier Coetzee University of the Western Cape
Keywords: Stakeholder engagement;, Karnataka State Pharmacy Council, development, State-level Antimicrobial Stewardship policy


Inappropriate use of antibiotics by health professionals and individuals, that is aggravated by an insufficient implementation of the local and national policy and governance of antimicrobial agents,1 leads to antimicrobial resistance (AMR), a major global public health problem resulting in negative health and economic consequences.2 The need to address this major public health problem was catalysed in May 2015 when the 68th World Health Assembly (WHA) endorsed the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (GAP-AMR) and urged United Nations Member States to formulate and align their National Action Plans on AMR with GAP-AMR by May 2017.3

Author Biographies

Sunitha Chandrasekhar Srinivas, Rhodes University

Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa and Karnataka State Pharmacy Council, Bangalore, India

Maneesh Paul Satyaseela, Acharya Institutes

Acharya Institutes, Bangalore, India

Samson George, Karnataka State Pharmacy Council

Karnataka State Pharmacy Council, Bangalore India

Ramakrishna Prasad, Academy of Family Physicians of India

Academy of Family Physicians of India (AFPI) National Center for Primary Care Research & Policy, Bangalore, India

Renier Coetzee, University of the Western Cape

University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa

Antimicrobial Stewardship