“A Roadmap to Tackle the Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance – A Joint meeting of Medical Societies in India” was organized as a pre-conference symposium of the 2nd annual conference of the Clinical Infectious Disease Society (CIDSCON 2012) at Chennai on 24th August 2012. This was the first-ever meeting of medical societies in India on issue of tackling resistance, developing a plan to formulate a road-map to tackle the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance from the Indian perspective. We had representatives from most medical societies in India, eminent policy makers from both central and state governments, representatives of World Health Organization, National Accreditation Board of Hospitals, Medical Council of India, Drug Controller General of India, and Indian Council of Medical Research, along with well-known dignitaries in the Indian medical field. The meeting was attended by a large gathering of health care professionals. The meeting consisted of plenary and interactive discussion sessions designed to seek experience and views from a large range of healthcare professionals, and included six international experts who shared action plans in their respective regions.
The intention was to gain a broad consensus and range of opinions to guide formation of the road-map. The ethos of the meeting was very much not to look back, but rather to look forward and make joint efforts to tackle the menace of antibiotic resistance. The product of this meeting was the document "Chennai Declaration".
The “Chennai Declaration," named after the city where the meeting took place, is the consensus that evolved out of the meeting and is co-authored by representatives of various medical societies. The document is based on realistic goals and objectives, with a deep understanding of the background Indian scenario. The Declaration was submitted to all stakeholders and to the Indian government. The Indian Ministry of Health has studied the document and is in the process of formulating a national antibiotic policy incorporating the Declaration’s recommendations.