The Antibiotic Platform is run by Axfoundation and The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA). The platform brings together a wide range of stakeholders across sectors to collectively accelerate efforts against antibiotic resistance.
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About the Antibiotic Platform
The Antibiotic Platform is run by Axfoundation and The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA). The purpose is to bring together and coordinate a diverse range of stakeholders across sectors to collectively promote prudent and responsible use of antibiotics – in Sweden and internationally. The platform organizes seminars, facilitates roundtable meetings, and publishes joint reports and publications that highlight both problems and practical solutions.
In 2020, Axfoundation and KSLA conducted a mapping of existing networks and platforms, identifying key actors for the antibiotic issue within Sweden’s food sector. The findings indicated a clear need to coordinate efforts in various ways to expedite work and move from words to action. The conclusions from this collaborative effort laid the foundation for the Antibiotic Platform – From Farm to Fork.
Axfoundation’s and KSLA’s mapping, through in-depth interviews and surveys with nearly 100 stakeholders, showed that stakeholders primarily need support in three areas to contribute to accelerating efforts against antibiotic resistance:
- Need 1: Global Monitoring
- Need 2: Practical work in the supply chain
- Need 3: Network and contact point
4 Facts About Antibiotics
- Today, more antibiotics are used for healthy animals than for sick people. Globally, approximately 70% of all antibiotics are used in animal livestock and only 30% in human healthcare. In Sweden, about 10-15% are used for animal husbandry.
- Overuse of antibiotics is a widespread problem in global food production. There is a clear connection between poor animal husbandry and extensive antibiotic use. The more antibiotics that are used, the greater the risk of bacteria developing resistance to antibiotics.
- Antibiotic resistance is one of the top ten threats to human health, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Globally, about 1.2 million deaths occur annually due to infections caused by resistant bacteria. By 2050, it is estimated that 10 million people will die from antibiotic-resistant infections.
- Sweden has demonstrated that it is possible to significantly reduce antibiotic use in animal husbandry while maintaining production. Compared to many countries, Sweden has a very low average consumption. However, in several EU countries and countries outside the EU, the problem is significant. Efforts must be made in multiple areas and through collaboration across sectors and industries.
Want to know more about Axfoundation’s and KSLA’s collective work? You’re welcome to connect with Maria Smith, Axfoundation’s project leader in the area.