Antimicrobial resistance is a serious challenge to human and animal health all around the world. This year’s Uppsala Health Summit, which will be held online from March 15 to 18, will focus on how behavior modification in different aspects of society will help slow down this alarming pattern.
Uppsala Health Summit Will Concentrate On Antimicrobial Tolerance And Behavioral Improvements
Antimicrobial resistance is caused by excessive and inappropriate use of antibiotics in humans and livestock and poor sanitation in healthcare. Its tolerance has ramifications for the whole healthcare industry when diseases can no longer be slowed by antibiotics, cancer treatments, organ transplants, and reproduction, for example, becoming more dangerous.
When common bacterial infections and parasites become more challenging to treat, people in low-income countries with low healthcare services are especially vulnerable. The Uppsala Health Summit will bring experts together from various research and experience fields to explore how human behavior and organizational norms and cultures can be altered to conserve drugs by ensuring that they are accessible when they are most needed.
Professor of Infectious Diseases at Uppsala University and member of the ReAct network, a co-organizer of the summit, Otto Cars says. “We’ve reached a crucial point where the invention of modern antibiotics has come to a halt, and we’re still seeing these life-saving medicines used inappropriately.” and he states that “What we need now is good political leadership that takes a comprehensive approach to the issue. We need to develop a societal awareness of what is needed at various levels and by various actors, as well as recognition that we can all play a role by our decisions and behaviors.”
Plenary seminars are open to the public, and international experts from around the world are held during the conference. One of the topics to be debated is how to talk about antimicrobial resistance with diverse target audiences so that more people are aware of the threats and what they can do to help. Veterinary medicine and human medicine can learn from each other about infection prevention and how the food industry can help shoppers make antibiotic-smart, sustainable decisions in the store.
Professor Dame Sally Davies, the UK’s Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance, Lena Hallengren, Sweden’s Minister for Health and Social Affairs, Dr. HananBalkhy, who heads the World Health Organization’s antimicrobial resistance efforts, and Dr.EldarShafir, Princeton University’s Professor of Behavioural Science, are among the speakers, The United States of America The World Bank’s Dr. Franck Berthe will talk about economic methods for limiting antibiotic use.
There will be a workshop on how to deal with the growing anti-vaccine movement worldwide, as vaccines play a crucial role in limiting disease spread and hence the use of antibiotics and other medicinal drugs. A conversation with the journalists behind the Sveriges Television documentary “Vaccine Warriors” will be part of this (Vaccinkrigarna).
A study will be released in connection with the summit to serve as a backdrop for the discussions that will take place. The study provides a comprehensive and up-to-date review of the reforms that need to be made in trade, health care, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, and the environment. It offers arguments about how someone, whether a patient, a prescribing veterinarian, a farmer, a veterinary surgeon, a pharmacist, a healthcare worker, a politician, or a client, might make a difference.