Currently, national surveillance on antimicrobial resistance is carried out as two projects by the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists.
- The Antibiotic Resistance Surveillance Project (ARSP) which produces data from blood culture isolates was started by the SLCM in a few selected hospitals in 2009 and was expanded to all hospitals with consultant microbiologists by 2013.
- The parallel project National Laboratory Based Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance of significant urine culture isolates (NLBSA) was started following a meeting held in 2011 in the Ministry of Health, with participation of the Director General of Health Services, the DDG/LS, Director (LS), Director (MT&S) and many microbiologists from the hospitals and universities of Sri Lanka.
Together, these two projects enable us to gain a broader understanding of the extent of antimicrobial resistance in Sri Lanka.
Report to Ministry of Health by SLCM
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