Antibiotic resistance is an area where a 'one world – one health' approach is needed to fully understand and deal with the problem. Much is still unknown regarding the emergence of antibiotic resistance and how the spread can be contained. Cooperation between countries, between veterinary and human medicine, as well as involvement of the environmental sector open up for new opportunities for sustainable change.
The Public Health Agency of Sweden has, through the Unit for Antibiotics and Infection Control, a focus on international work in the field. We have on-going collaborations with, for example, India, China and the Baltic Sea region. We also have multilateral collaborations with European and international organisations, such as ReAct, ECDC and WHO.
There is a broad political consensus in Sweden on prioritising action against antibiotic resistance. A Swedish Strategy to combat antibiotic resistance was therefore presented in April 2016. This strategy points out the direction of Swedish efforts and is also intended for international actors wishing to benefit from Swedish knowledge and experience.
Swedish work on containment of antibiotic resistance
The report Swedish work on containment of antibiotic resistance, published in 2014, describes Sweden's work on containment of antibiotic resistance, which is characterised by long-term, structured measures as well as collaborations on local, national and international levels involving many disciplines and sectors.