The project Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance in Human Health is financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the EVD agency MPAP programme. The project started on 1 January 2006 and will last until 31 December 2007. The project aims to contribute to the accession of Croatia to the European Union. In particular, the project aims to assist Croatia in implementing EU-directives and recommendations in the field of antimicrobial resistance and the sound use of antibiotics.

The purpose of the project is strengthening the Croatian institutional structure engaged in surveillance of antimicrobial resistance.

The following project results are anticipated to be achieved:
1. An Intersectoral Co-ordination Mechanism (ICM) in the field of antimicrobial resistance established and functional;
2. A surveillance system for antimicrobial resistance and use of antibiotics established, based on national policy that is in line with the EU strategy for antimicrobial resistance;
3. Guidelines for sound use of antibiotics in the human sector formulated and implemented.

According to the Terms of Reference, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MHSW) is the counterpart of the project and the National Reference Centre for Antibiotic Resistance Surveillance of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is the beneficiary of the project.

A consortium consisting of Public Health Consultants/Interaction in Health, IDA Solutions and Trnava University (Slovak Republic) is providing consultancy services, in collaboration with the Dutch Working Party for Antimicrobial Policy (SWAB), the Dutch National Institute for Health and Environment (RIVM) and the Dutch Ministry of Health Welfare and Sport (VWS).

We appreciate your interest and are happy to share our results with you.

Dr. Jaap Koot
Team Leader
Dr. Arjana Tambic Andrasevic,PhD
Croatian Team Leader