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HR5: Concept of a Baltic Sea Region Wide Prevalence Study of Multiresistant Bacteria

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23th September 2011, 11:30 - 13:00


The spread of multi-resistant bacteria (MRB) poses a significant threat to health care systems all over Europe and around the world. Unmindful utilization of antibiotics and inadequate hygiene lead to the situation, where many infections will again be hardly or not curable at all – the dawn of a “post-biotic era”.
In Northern Germany a group of stakeholders from health research, health care, and health economy has forged the “HICARE Action Alliance against Multi-resistant Bacteria”. Their goal is the development and testing of effective, standardized, and transferable intervention strategies combatting the advance of MRB. An associated cross-border project – BalticAmber (Baltic Alliance against Multi-resistant Bacteria) aims at transferring the HICARE approach internationally.
Against the background of the HICARE and BalticAmber activities the workshop wants to spur the discussion on MRB intervention measures on a cross-border level. A realistic understanding of the situation in the countries of the Baltic Sea region shall be generated, counter measures and their effectiveness evaluated, and ways for international cooperation be discussed. First step towards a cross-border MRB intervention could be a “Baltic Sea Region-wide Prevalence Study on Multi-resistant Bacteria" as part of a common EU project.


Axel Kramer
Institute for Hygiene and Environmental Medicine, University of Greifswald, Germany

Wolfgang Witte
Robert Koch Institut, Germany


Axel Kramer
Institute for Hygiene and Environmental Medicine, University Greifswald, Germany
"Local Cure for a Global Threat? HICARE - A Call for a Tans-regional and Trans-sectoral Approach"
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Astra Vitkauskiene
Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Kaunas Clinics, Lithuania
"MRSA in Lithuania"
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Marlies Höck
Institute of Medical Microbiology and Hospital Hygiene, German Red Cross Hospital System Berlin, Germany
"Why Statistics on MRSA in Baltic Countries?"

Mariusz Grinholc
University of Gdansk, Poland
"Effective Photodynamic Inactivation Against Multidrug Resistant Pathogens Based on Photosensitizing Agents, Plant Extracts and Silver Nanoparticles"
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