Workshop - Surveillance on Antibiotic Resistance, Consumption and Awareness raising

6-8 November 2013 , Bilthoven, the Netherlands

Since the adoption of the strategic action plan on antibiotic resistance during

the 61st WHO Regional Committee in September 2011 (EUR/RC61/14) several activities have been initiated to increase the knowledge, capacity and awareness of European countries to address this public health threat.

Monitoring of antimicrobials (AM) consumption and resistance (AMR) data as well as increasing awareness are crucial elements to contain the further development of antimicrobial resistance.

At present, very limited data on consumption and resistance of antimicrobials are available in Newly Independent States, South and Eastern European countries in the European Region of the World Health Organization.

WHO/Europe will organize a regional workshop on 6-8 November 2013 connecting 3 different initiatives that are part of the European strategic action plan on antibiotic resistance;

  1. Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (CAESAR),
  2. Surveillance of Antimicrobial Consumption and,
  3. a pilot project to support countries to set up AMR awareness campaigns.

The workshop will take place at the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, the Netherlands in collaboration with ESCMID, RIVM, Antwerp University, Belgium and BAPCOC, Belgium.

The aim of this workshop is to facilitate development of the networks for AMR, AM consumption surveillance and increasing AMR awareness in non-EU countries. Participants from 17 countries will have the opportunity to exchange experience with experts and counterparts in their field from neighbouring countries as well as coordinate interaction with their national colleagues.

The workshop will consist of plenary sessions, a laboratory workshop, a data analysis workshop, a consumption workshop and an awareness campaign workshop

Target audience

Focal points for rational use of drugs in countries, who have access to medicines consumption data or are involved in the medicines consumption research, professionals responsible for AMR awareness and communication, epidemiologists, data managers and microbiologists working with AMR.
Participation in the workshop is by invitation only.