Antimicrobial Resistance – the silent tsunami
When: Thursday 7 September, 2017
Time: 09:00 – 11:30 (Registration and coffee from 08:30)
Venue: Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm (Hörsalen)
Imagine a day when we are no longer able to treat pneumonia because antibiotics simply won’t work. Or that the livestock that families in low-income countries desperately depend on, dies due to untreatable infectious diseases.
Use and misuse of antibiotics has led to the increase of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), causing the death of hundreds of thousands of people globally every year. The World Bank recently estimated that drug-resistant infections have the potential to cause a level of economic damage worse than the 2008 financial crisis, while hitting hardest on people living in low- and middle-income countries.
To reduce the infectious disease burden that threatens the realisation of the Global Goals, a coordinated global action is necessary, tackling inappropriate use in all sectors and securing access to effective existing antimicrobials for those in need. Simultaneously, the development of new antibiotics, vaccines and diagnostics is key alongside research and behavioural change including in water and sanitation.
AMR is an inter-sectorial and trans-national issue, with Sweden seen as a global leader in the work against it. Sida-supported partners were part of successful advocacy efforts that resulted in the UN Declaration on AMR in 2016. Animal health and food safety are also part of Sida’s new International Training Programme.
This Development Talks, organised in collaboration with ReAct, aims to increase the awareness and understanding of the drivers and consequences of AMR and how this hits hard on the world’s poorest people, while exploring the ways to hinder the spread of resistant bacteria to more people and animals.
The event is free of charge. Register here by 4 September 2017.
Moderator: Ola Möller, Senior policy specialist, agriculture and food security, Sida
08:30 Registration and coffee
09:00 Welcome and introductory remarks
Carin Jämtin, Director General, Sida
09:10 Film : Antibiotic Resistance: the silent tsunami
by ReAct (Action on Antibiotic Resistance)
09:15 The global threat of antimicrobial resistance
Otto Cars, Professor of Infectious Diseases at Uppsala University, founder of ReAct and member of the UN Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (ICG-AMR)
09:45 “One Health Approach”
Fighting antimicrobial resistance needs a holistic approach involving animals, humans and environment.
Silvia Alonso, scientist epidemiologist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya
10:15 Coffee and sandwich
10:30 Panel discussion: Can we stop the silent tsunami?
Cecilia Nordin van Gansberghe, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation
Otto Cars, Professor at Uppsala University
Maria-Teresa Bejarano, Senior Research Advisor, Sida
Nicolai Schaaf, Program Officer, SIWI Swedish Water House
Silvia Alonso, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)