Antibiotic resistance readily spreads across national borders as well as between bacteria infecting humans and animals. Containment of antibiotic resistance in Sweden is characterised by long-term, structured measures as well as collaborations on local, national and international levels involving many disciplines and sectors. Co-operation 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 and its Unit for Antibiotics and Infection Control has an international focus, in line with the Swedish strategy to combat antibiotic resistance. We have established bilateral collaborations with a number of countries and national agencies within the areas of antibiotic resistance and infection prevention and control. We also have multilateral collaborations with European and international organisations, such as The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and the independent Network ReAct.