AMR is a natural biological phenomenon which can be amplified by a wide range of factors. Over the past decades, inappropriate use of antimicrobial in human and veterinary medicine have accelerated the emergence and spread of resistant microorganisms. This situation is worsened by the lack of investment to develop new effective antibiotics or alternatives. The consequences are severe. More than 35,000 people die from antimicrobial-resistant infections in the EU/EEA each year, according to reporting published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in 2022. It is estimated that around 25,000 patients die annually because of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, meaning an estimated cost of EUR 1.5 billion per annum. Combating antimicrobial resistance has become a global public health challenge.
AMR is a global public health concern and therefore a priority for the European Union. Therefore, the European Commission launched on 29 June 2017 a second Action Plan against AMR. This plan is based on a 'One-Health' approach, involving all sectors and aspects of AMR. It aims at strengthening the prevention and control of AMR across the human, veterinary, food and environmental sectors and at ensuring the development of new antimicrobial agents, while also securing the availability of existing antimicrobials.
In its efforts at the international level, the EU particularly wants to focus on implementation of commitments made on AMR in international for an including the WHO Global Action Plan on AMR as well as in the OIE and FAO resolutions. Sustaining political momentum, focusing on next steps, and increasing international awareness and cooperation are also important components to follow up the conclusions of the high-level event on AMR that was held at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2016.
As one of the largest markets for agricultural products, the EU can play a major role by promoting its standards and measures for addressing AMR with its international partners. In EU’s One Health Action Plan against AMR (2017-2022), one of the main actions is to assist to develop AMR strategies in food safety and animal health through regional training workshops on AMR. The proposed training will therefore aim at building on existing relationships and facilitating policy dialogue with the involved countries.
The main objective of this BTSF course is to provide support on strategies and actions for promoting and strengthening the prudent use of antimicrobials and monitoring resistance, in veterinary, food safety and in public health and environmental sectors, reinforcing engagement and collaboration with international organizations, and intensifying cooperation with countries outside the European Union on Antimicrobial Resistance.
JVL CONSULTING is a recognized Belgian company which provides consultancy services operating in the field of animal health and livestock production which has been implementing training activities within the initiative “Better Training for Safer Food” since 2009
- JVL Consulting: : http://www.jvl-c.com/en/page/btsf-better-training-for-safer-food.html
The training programme is mainly addressed to officials from Competent Authorities in the countries involved, preferably at central level, in the developing, planning and coordinating control activities to tackle antimicrobial resistance in human medicine and veterinary medicine, food safety and environmental sectors.
The selection of appropriate participants has a direct impact on the training session. Similar level of knowledge among them, with the possibility to have proactive and positive discussions, is one of the key elements for success.
The target audience is therefore the following:
- Decision and policymakers, senior officers from the Public Health competent authorities.
- Decision and policymakers, senior officers working on veterinary medicinal products at the competent authorities.
- Decision and policymakers, senior officers from the Primary production of animals intended to be food competent authorities.
- Decision and policymakers, senior officers from the Food safety competent authorities.
- Decision and policymakers, senior officers working in the area of environmental health and/or environmental risk assessment.
- Senior officers from working in national and/or regional networks related to antimicrobial resistance.
- In the absence of the above, participants could be accepted if they work at public associations or foundations working in the field of combating antimicrobial resistance.