Session at Arendalsuka: Bacteria without borders – Antimicrobial resistance

The Centre for Global Health will be present at the Arendalsuka for the first time, hosting an exciting panel about Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) together with Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

Openning of Arendalsuka 2017 (Foto: Mona Hauglid, Flickr

The Centre for Global Health, together with Doctors Without Borders, will this year join the University of Oslo team at the Arendalsuka, the most popular political event in Norway, held in the habour of Arendal. At our morning session we will serve breakfast and discuss a significant Global Health issue, Antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Bacteria without borders

AMR is a major, global health problem. It compromises treatment of common infections everywhere, undermines advances in modern medicine and threatens global health security. Misuse of antibiotics in both animals and humans is the most important reason for development of AMR, but globalization and the current movement of huge number of people of any reason, contribute to the spread of resistant organisms. Development of AMR anywhere in the world is of concern for all countries.

One Health

This panel from the Centre for Global Health, University of Oslo and Doctors Without Borders (MSF), will present the current situation on AMR internationally, discuss the relevance of the One Health approach and address the role that Norway, particularly policy makers, can play in the global fight against multi-drug resistant organisms.

The concept of the One Health links the health of people, animals and the environment closely together and includes communicable and non-communicable diseases. The One Health approach is highly relevant  to efficiently control  AMR.

The session will consist of 5 short talks on AMR and the One Health, followed by discussions in the panel and with the audience.

The following persons will contribute to the session:

  • Professor Andrea S. Winkler, MD PhD, head of the Centre for Global Health (CGH), UIO (Panel Head).
  • Ernst Kristian Rødland, MD PhD, Postdoctoral research fellow at CGH and specialist in Internal medicine/infectious diseases.
  • Osama Ahmed Hassan, PhD, Postdoctoral research fellow at CGH and One Health epidemiologist Osama Ahmed Hassan, PhD.
  • Dr. Karine Nordstrand MD, President of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Norway.
  • Ms. Ingvild Kjerkol (Labor Party), The Standing Committee on Health and Care Services, the Storting.

Tags: AMR, Global helse, Global health, global health policy, Antibiotic Resistance
Published May 30, 2018 10:18 AM - Last modified June 4, 2018 1:50 PM