The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Updated 1 December 2020

BARN – an expert network operating in the Baltic Sea region

The Baltic Antibiotic Resistance collaborative Network (BARN) is a grass root network for action against antibiotic resistance. The network focuses on raising awareness and exchanging knowledge and experience among practitioners on effective interventions in health care settings.

The network is active within as well as between participating countries in the Baltic Sea region. It stimulates projects in which evidence-based practices are adapted to specific needs in each setting, where they can be quickly implemented and improved.

The predecessor of BARN, BALTICCARE, was launched in 2004. Many of those involved at the time are still active within the network today, giving it a strong coherence and a vast amount of experience.

Three focus areas are key for the containment of antibiotic resistance

The problem of antibiotic resistance cannot be tackled by a one-sided approach. The BARN concept is based on models for evidence-based methods within three focus areas identified as key to the containment of antibiotic resistance:

  • Microbiological diagnosis and antibiotic resistance surveillance
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Rational use of antibiotics

Quick facts about BARN

  • Country members of the network: Belarus,  Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine
  • Coordinated by the Public Health Agency of Sweden
  • Currently around 180 members
  • Works in close collaboration with WHO

  • Is a member of WHO Global Infection Prevention and Control Network (GIPC Network)