Tackling antimicrobial resistance through safe, clean water and environmental health
Far too little attention is given to the issue of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and the way it spreads in our natural environment and water. How does it happen? What role do pollution and water quality play? How can safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) contribute to good health, preventing infections and reducing the needs for the use of antibiotics? We will explore solutions in this session.
The session will begin with introductory keynote speeches about environmental health and the role of WASH in the context of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). Breakout groups will discuss specific issues:
• The role of WASH for preventing or limiting AMR.
• The environment as a vehicle and incubator for AMR and the interplay of various pollutants.
• Funding and incentive structures to strengthen mitigation measures.
• Policy, institutions and participation for coherent implementation.
Sarah Dickin, Stockholm Environment Institute
Carl-Fredrik Flach, University of Gothenburg
16:15 Introduction to the breakout sessions by the facilitating experts
16:25 Breakout sessions:
- The role of WASH for preventing or limiting AMR
Annika Nordin, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
- The environment as a vehicle and incubator for AMR and the interplay of various pollutants
Marc Sprenger, WHO
- Funding and incentive structures to strengthen mitigation measures
Damiano de Felice, Access to Medicine Foundation
- Global governance of AMR
Steven J. Hoffman, Global Strategy Lab
17:10 Panel discussion:
Presentation and discussion of results from the working groups, with the keynote speaker and moderator
17:30 End of session
The Event was opened by the moderator Sarah Dickin followed by the key note speaker Carl-Fredrik Flach who provided the audience with an overview of the issue of AMR and its global scope. The keynote presentation was however rather short since the focus of the Event was to enable an interactive session and in depth discussion.
The expert speakers that led the breakout groups presented their different topics to guide the audience to the discussion they found most interesting. "The role of WASH for preventing or limiting AMR" was presented by Annika Nordin, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, The environment as a vehicle and incubator for AMR and the interplay of various pollutants was presented by Marc Sprenger, WHO, Funding and incentive structures to strengthen mitigation measures was presented by Damiano de Felice, Access to Medicine Foundation and finally Global governance of AMR was presented by Steven J. Hoffman, Global Strategy Lab.
The discussions in the break out groups were very engaged and gave the audience the chance to discuss with experts on the topic as well as enabling many different views and experiences to be heard.
The expert speakers were then again called on stage to conclude the discussions.
The recommendations included "More dialogue between the different incentive makers in the supply chain" and "the importance of joint implementation of mitigation measures among the stakeholders".
Since the event included actors from a wide range of sectors and fields of expertise it is difficult to pin point one or two initiatives, tools or networks that have supported the learning objectives or that have fostered the goals of our session, rather this multi stakeholder discussion showed the importance of an inclusive approach and the multifaceted nature of the issue of AMR.