On 22 and 23 November, the South Eastern Europe Health Network organized a Multi-Country Workshop on Intervention and Policies on Antibiotics Use with the support of the European Commission’s Technical Assistance and Information Exchange Instrument (TAIEX).
The online meeting provided a great opportunity for the representatives of the beneficiary Member States and guests to mark the World Antimicrobial Resistance Week, to discuss and to assess the progress and future challenges and to jointly support solutions to advance the region`s transition to sustainable solutions for addressing AMR.
A specific focus was placed on identifying and reviewing indicators and standards that may contribute to measuring the progress of the National Program/Action Plan to combat AMR in the SEE region.
The workshop also addressed the multi-sectoral approach of the One Health vision that integrates human medicine, veterinary medicine, animal husbandry, agriculture and environment with the aim of mitigating and curbing the AMR trend.
More than 80 participants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo* and Turkey exchanged knowledge and experiences that should further inform personalized actions, public awareness campaigns, and strengthened cross-sectoral cooperation in the field.
The workshop was organized in close collaboration with Albanian Institute of Public Health and benefited from the expertise and guidance of the Department of Infectious Diseases, from the National Institute of Health in Italy.
* This designation is without prejudice to position on status and is in line with the UNSCR 1244/99 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence