The World HAI/Resistance Forum’s mission
The World HAI/Resistance Forum missions are to help guide decision-makers by building awareness and understanding of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and antimicrobial resistance. Forum members examine current trends and data and engage in a lively scientific exchange about future challenges and the best actions to take, with the goal of anticipating how these issues will evolve in the five years to come.
Committed to the fight against bacterial resistance
Organized at the initiative of bioMérieux in June 2015, the fifth edition of the World HAI/Resistance Forum will bring together in Annecy (France), over 65 internationally-renowned experts in the field of antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections, representing 33 different countries. The topic of this-year Forum will be: “Antimicrobial resistance: One World, One Fight!”.
During the previous Forum, bioMérieux committed to support one of the priority actions established by the experts to address the challenges of antimicrobial resistance.
The Company is therefore contributing to a unique, global Point Prevalence Survey (PPS) to gain a better overview of antibiotic use and resistance worldwide.
First Global Point Prevalence Survey (Global-PPS) of Hospital Antibiotic Use and Resistance
This survey will provide a unique “snapshot” of the global burden of antibiotic consumption and resistance. It is supervised by a European Task Force of leading experts and coordinated by the University of Antwerp (Belgium). Preliminary results will be presented during the 5th Forum in June 2015, and a final report should be available by November, coinciding with Antibiotic Awareness Week 2015.
bioMérieux is proud to be the exclusive sponsor of this important global initiative.
One World - One Health
A global public health challenge requires a global response – and today, a “One World – One Health” approach is essential in the fight against antimicrobial resistance.
Antimicrobial resistant infections place a great burden on healthcare systems, veterinary practices and society in general, with wide-ranging impact from farms to public health. Impacting both people and animals, coordinated action to combat resistance is required in both human and veterinary medicine.
In addition, interaction and experience-sharing between developed and low- and middle-income (LMI) countries is vital to combat resistance on a global level.
For its 5th Edition, the World HAI/Resistance Forum will therefore focus on bringing together representatives from the clinical and veterinary sectors in both developed and LMI countries to drive discussion and initiatives that address this major public health issue in its entirety.
Once again, bioMerieux will provide support for the implementation of one of the priority actions defined by the experts at the end of the 5th World HAI/Resistance Forum, as we have contributed to the Global Point Prevalence Survey over the past two years.
A special event
While most meetings focus on scientific developments retrospectively in an academic format, the World HAI/Resistance Forum gives participating experts an opportunity to extensively brainstorm, exchange and imagine scenarios for the future. It also provides healthcare professionals with an opportunity to focus on success stories, best practices and to understand differences between countries.
The World HAI/Resistance Forum is a private initiative independent from official organizations or authorities.
Other bioMérieux events
With the aim of sharing knowledge at all levels of the healthcare chain, bioMérieux also organizes national Symposia, following the format of the World HAI/Resistance Forum, as well as healthcare professional education meetings, bringing together stakeholders involved in the fight against antimicrobial resistance and HAI.