The repeated misuse of antibiotics has triggered a silent Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) pandemic, currently threatening global health. The wide range of drug-resistant infections is leading to increased mortality and a recent Lancet study estimates that 1.27 million deaths are every year attributable to antibiotic resistance, with low- and middle-income countries worst affected. Tackling AMR will be crucial in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
It is vital to take a One Health approach for a concerted response to the AMR pandemic, and to understand the role that food, agriculture, and the environmental sectors play. As for Covid-19, new pathogens arise between the human-animal interface, hence the need to strengthen global health systems, including monitoring and surveillance of the environment. Improving infection, prevention and control capacity, ensuring equal access to medical countermeasures, and reinforcing global preparedness are just a few of the learnings the world has gained from the ongoing pandemic.
This Stockholm+50 associated event seeks to identify limitations and opportunities within the current global AMR response and asks: How can we implement the lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic to effectively contain AMR development and spreading? How do we scale up action for a global concerted One Health response to the AMR pandemic?
Organizers: The Nordic Council of Ministers, Swedish International Agriculture Network Initiative (SIANI) at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and ReAct – Action on antibiotic resistance.
- Sabiha Essack, Professor, International Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Solutions (participating from South Africa)
- Frank Møller Aarestrup, Professor, DTU Orbit
- Edgar Brun, Unit Director, Norwegian Veterinary Institute
- Andrea Caputo, PhD, Global Health Advisor, ReAct – Action on antibiotic resistance
- Anders Nordström, Ambassador for Global Health at Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden
- Junxia Song, Senior Animal Health Officer, FAO AMR focal point, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
- Sunita Narain, Director General of Center for Science and Environment (CSE); Editor of the fortnightly magazine, Down To Earth
Moderator: Prof. Maria Teresa Bejarano, Professor at Karolinska Institute and Senior Research Advisor at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
All speakers will be physically present in Stockholm except for Sabiha Essack.
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