The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Updated 11 February 2022

BARN – an expert network operating in the Baltic Sea region

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

The network was active within as well as between participating countries in the Baltic Sea region. It stimulated 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.

The problem of antibiotic resistance cannot be tackled by a one-sided approach. The BARN concept was 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

Country members of the network were: Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine. It was coordinated by the Public Health Agency of Sweden. The network worked in close collaboration with WHO and was a member of WHO Global Infection Prevention and Control Network (GIPC Network).