Netherlands organizes global ministerial conference on antimicrobial resistance

The Government of the Netherlands, in response to a request by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), is hosting a Ministerial Conference on antimicrobial resistance to accelerate political commitment and global action to respond to this international health threat. The conference is organized by Dutch Ministers Schippers (Health, Welfare & Sport) and Dijksma (Agriculture), and is also supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). Ministers from 17 countries around the world will attend the conference in The Hague on 25-26 June.

Growing threat

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a growing global public health threat of broad concern with health, political and economic implications. It threatens the effective treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. Governments around the world are focusing more closely on a problem so serious that it threatens the achievements of modern medicine, including the use of antibiotics.

The Ministerial Conference follows progress made during the 2014 World Health Assembly in Geneva, which requested WHO  to develop a Global Action Plan to combat AMR. The plan will be put to the World Health Assembly in 2015.

Objective

The Ministerial Conference’s objective is to accelerate political commitment and generate contributions to the AMR Global Action Plan. The event will focus on the human and animal health interface related to antibiotics use. It will also aim to engage participants and other stakeholders to take urgent measures, including assessing the health and economic costs of the AMR burden, and the benefits of taking action.

Key speaker: Daphne Deckers

Acclaimed Dutch ex-model, Daphne Deckers, who was personally affected by AMR, will address the conference on 25 June. Deckers spent four months recovering from a persistent kidney infection caused by an antibiotic-resistant E. coli bacteria. 

Media accreditation

To register to attend the conference, members of the media must contact Tom Kummel: tb.kummel@minvws.nl.  For more information, contact Roelof Janssens, spokesman to Minister Edith Schippers, on +31621101882. Or Etienne Buijs, spokesman to Minister Sharon Dijksma, on +31652098588.