Two workshops on AMR were held in Belgrade on 30 January and in Novi Sad on 1 February 2018 within the Twinning Project, aimed at improving professional capacity of the competent authorities to implement and enforce standards and regulations on zoonotic, food-borne diseases and antimicrobial resistance control. Additionally, two more workshops on the same topic were held on 7 March at the Veterinary Specialist Institute of Jagodina and on 8 March at the Veterinary Specialist Institute of Niš.
The four events were attended by around 150 participants, including representatives of the Veterinary Directorate, Ministry of Health, Veterinary and Public Health Institutes, Veterinary Faculty, human physicians, pharmacists as well as representatives of the Agency for Medicines and Medicinal Devices of Serbia.
A short presentation done by the Twinning Project Team explained the objectives and results achieved so far in the scope of the project, and about the upcoming activities.
In line with the “One Health” approach, representatives of human and veterinary public health institutions presented legal and scientific backgrounds, research projects, statistics about the use of antibiotics in Serbia and the Draft National Programme for the control of Antimicrobial Resistance, developed by the common working group of both ministries. The agenda also included research projects and presentation of human cases – the problem of treating infections caused by multi-resistant agents and the concept of a multidisciplinary approach.
Ms. Catherine Dupuy from the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food spoke about misuses of antibiotics and reporting of the AMR monitoring data in accordance with EU requirements, as well as about existing guidelines for the prudent use of antibiotics.
It was concluded that networking of relevant actors and stakeholders from the professional public is crucial for the improvement of technical capacities and joint action in reducing the risk for antimicrobial resistance.
Workshop in Belgrade
Workshop in Novi Sad
Workshop in Jagodina
Workshop in Niš