The spreading of antimicrobial resistance is a natural biological phenomenon, but lately a variety of factors have contributed to accelerate this dissemination. In Europe it is estimated that around 25.000 patients die annually as a result of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Combating antimicrobial resistance has become a global public health challenge.
The purpose of the training will be to spread the knowledge between the participants of the implementation of the “one health” approach on the use and resistance of antimicrobials, providing the best practices on the design, implementation and management of National Action Plans against antimicrobial resistance. The Plans will have to be implemented under the responsibility of the competent authority of the Member States. Each Member State therefore has an important role to play in ensuring that these objectives are achieved.
A key element of the training will be to not only make participants aware of best practices in the veterinary /food safety and public health sectors, but to emphasize how vital is that a common approach is adopted throughout the Union.
The following European agency, part of the consortium leaded by UNE, provides its support and cooperation to UNE in the implementation of this project:
The training program is mainly addressed to officials from National Competent Authorities involved, preferably at central level, in the monitoring, surveillance, reporting and control activities for the correct use of antimicrobials and the resistance to them in public health and veterinary / food sectors. In order to assure a multidisciplinary approach in the training, NCPs will be required to send 2 participants per session invited, 1 from the human medicine sector, and 1 from veterinary / food sector.
Therefore the selection criteria to participate in the course are:
• Senior officers from Public Health competent authorities;
• Senior officers from Primary production of animals intended to be food competent authorities;
• Senior officers from Food safety competent authorities;
• Senior officers from any of the previous competent authorities involved dealing with environmental AMR related issues;
• Be committed to disseminate the knowledge gained during the training once they finalize the training session;
• Be proficient in the English language.