Folkhälsomyndigheten - Public health agency of Sweden
Updated 11 September 2019

Nordic - Russian Cooperation on Antimicrobial Resistance Containment

The Nordic - Russian Cooperation on Antimicrobial Resistance Containment is a program that aims to establish a platform for exchange of information, best practices and expertise on AMR response.

There is a need to facilitate professional contacts and networking between Nordic and Northwest Russian specialists to face the increasing problem with AMR. The guiding principle for the cooperation within this program is equal and well-balanced partnership that will assist and consult Russian authorities and professionals in development and implementation of local policies and interventions. The focus areas are collection of updated and comparable data, public awareness, training of professionals and controlling the spread of multidrug-resistant bacteria.

The program is supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers

The eligible Russian regions to participate in the program are Kaliningrad Region, Pskov Region, Leningrad Region, St. Petersburg, Republic of Karelia, Murmansk Region, and Arkhangelsk Region. Among the Nordic countries, Finland, Sweden and Denmark has joined the collaboration. The program is supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers and will run for 2 years (2019-2020. It will support networking and cooperation between Russian and Nordic experts and organizations.

Situation analysis by mapping of the situation

The purpose of the first part of the project is to map the existing work to combat AMR and the structures for collecting information. A questionnaire was sent out to the regions in NW Russia and the partnering countries to better understand the gaps and thereby the needs for interventions and to guide local and national priorities. The mapping is neither intended to be an audit nor a wide self-assessment, but will provide an orientation on where gaps may exist.

The general purpose of the project is to give regional authorities, professionals and general public an increased understanding of different aspects of AMR control, and thereby facilitate implementation of national AMR-strategies.