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Sino-Dutch Forum on Antibiotic Use and Resistance Containment

September 23, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

NB This event description is to be completed – as of 22 August 2016

Reason for action: antimicrobial resistance undermines health, food safety and security, ecology and economy

Antibiotics block the propagation of bacteria, in a cheap and efficient manner. They have dramatically improved infectious disease survival rates and livestock productivity. The relative ease and low cost of administering antibiotics has lead to broad usage patterns. While essential for disease treatment, antibiotics are also administered for disease prevention and growth stimulation in the livestock sector (over-usage). Prescription guidelines are not always properly followed (mis-usage) in the medical and other sectors.

Up to 90% of antibiotics administered to humans and animals is excreted and remains biologically active. On top of this, production sites spill large amounts of active antimicrobial agents into the environment. Due to the over-usage, mis-usage and environmental spilling, bacteria are constantly exposed to antibiotics. As a result, bacteria develop antimicrobial resistance (AMR) through adaptive responses, evolutionary processes, and horizontal gene transfer. AMR has become ubiquitous, rendering more and more antibiotics useless. This poses serious threats to healthcare systems, livestock sectors, ecologies and economies.

Forum in Shanghai and key objectives

China is currently the main producer and a prime consumer of antibiotics. Shanghai is among the leading Chinese municipalities that have implemented AMR-aware usage policies. This megacity could be promoted as a podium to discuss the topic of antimicrobial resistance, from a regional, national and global perspective.

We are therefore pleased to announce that The Shanghai Health Development Research Centre (SHDRC) will host a forum on this topic, together with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and its Consulate-general in Shanghai.

The goal is to define a list of recommendations to achieve AMR alleviation by reflecting on current control and surveillance of antibiotics/AMR in China and the Netherlands; prioritize problems and discuss solutions; and integrating AMR surveillance across multiple sectors (human, agriculture, environment) and regions.

Aiming at at diverse audience

We would like to invite various stakeholders to attend. Among invited participants are:

  • Decision-makers of national, municipal and district level, from health, insurance, development and reform, agriculture, environment protection, and Shenkang public hospital managing centre.
  • Stakeholders from Antibiotic Insitutute of Huashan Hospital, municipal centre of clinical pharmacy quality assurance, infectious disease specialists, clinical microbiologists, pharmacists, and managerial experts.
  • Policy analysts from the coordinating network of health policy researches
  • Invited researchers from municipal fund of healthcare development

The official invitation and agenda proposal can be found here: 20160726 draft agenda 0.9


Afternoon session

Hosted by Professor Jin Chunlin, Head of SHDRC

13:30-13:40 Welcome by Professor Xiao Zeping, deputy director of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning
13:40-14:00 Antibiotic use regulation in China: progress and the way forward, by Li Dachuan, director of the division of healthcare and nursing, bureau of healthcare affairs, national committee of Health and Family Planning
14:00-14:20 Resistance against antibiotics in surveillance of China and Shanghai municipality, by Wang Minggui, Professor, director of Antibiotics Institute, Huashan Hospital, Fudan University.
14:20-14:40 Antibiotic consumption in Shanghai (2009-2014): a surveillance system based on sales data and new findings, by Dr Lin Hai, SHDRC
14:40-15:00 Coffee break
15:00-15:20 AMR and Antibiotics usage and surveillance in the Netherlands, focusing on medical sector (topic to be confirmed), by Tjalling Leenstra, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
15:20-15:40 The critical factors for a nationwide major reduction of antimicrobial use in animals in the Netherlands with a parallel reduction in antimicrobial resistance (topic to be confirmed), by Jaap Wagenaar, Netherlands Centre for One Health (NCOH)
15:40-16:00 Pollution from Antibiotic Production: A hidden cause of Antibiotic Resistance, by Xian Ming, Chief Strategy Officer of DSM Sinochem Pharmaceutical (DSP)
16:00-17:00 Panel discussions, questions & answers. Five speakers and invited clinicians (Wang Minggui, Yang Fan, Hu Bijie, Wu Wenhui, Yan Qing, Zhuo Chao), about ten chairs
17:00-17:10 Closing remarks

Professor Hu Shanlian, SHDRC



Participants are invited to join for a get-together and informal networking after the seminar. Interested? Please send an email to shanghai@hollandinnovation.cn




September 23, 2016
9:00 am - 5:30 pm


Shanghai Health Development Research Centre
Holland Innovation Network of the Consulate-General of the Netherlands