Antibiotic resistance is an extensive health challenge that threatens sustainable development in Sweden. To counteract this, we need antibiotic-smart residents, municipalities, regions and international collaborations to work together. The project Antibiotic Smart Sweden includes measures to reduce the spread of infection, development of treatment methods and responsible use of antibiotics.
Antibiotic Smart Sweden is a collaborative environment that includes stakeholders across society in efforts to maintain access to effective antibiotics. The four target areas of the vision encompass citizens, municipalities, regions, and international collaborations. It serves to fulfill Sweden’s national strategy against antibiotic resistance.
Antibiotic resistance threatens global health and sustainable development. It is a complex issue that requires many different approaches: better infection control practices to decrease the spread of infections in the community and within the health and social care, development of medicines and diagnostics, responsible use of antibiotics by professionals and patients, and meaningful communications with involved parties throughout society. Sweden has experiences from longstanding strategic work against antibiotic resistance, which can be shared with other countries to support global health.
The environment is based on nationwide coordination, synergies between projects, and increased availability of “antibiotic smart” approaches. This achieved by strengthening and spreading established processes as well as by creating innovation projects, where municipalities and regions get together with academy and businesses develop, test and implement new solutions. The core team includes the Public Health Agency of Sweden, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Strama the Swedish strategic program against antibiotic resistance, ReAct action on antibiotic resistance, and the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions. Representatives from three municipalities and three regions are ready to participate in the establishment of Antibiotic Smart Sweden.
Antibiotic Smart Sweden
10 million SEK
The Public Health Agency of Sweden, Strama, ReAct, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, Region Gävleborg, Lund Municipality, Nässjö Municipality, Region Västerbotten, Region Stockholm, Tanum Municipality, Region Västra Götaland
The Public Health Agency of Sweden