CDDEP staffers have been hard at work recently on the 1st Global Forum on Bacterial Infections: Balancing Treatment Access and Antibiotic Resistance, a collaborative meeting co-organized by CDDEP and the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI). The Global Forum will be the first of its kind to focus on issues of treatment access and antibiotic resistance in low- and middle-income countries. To be held 3-5 October 2011 at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi, India, were anticipating over 500 delegates from around the world in attendance.
Tackling the issues around antibiotic resistance and treatment access benefits from an interdisciplinary conversation. Bridging policy, science, and public health management, the Global Forum will be a meeting where it would not be unusual for a delegate to overhear a discussion between an Indian policymaker and a Kenyan clinician about the growing problem of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) and strategies to implement an effective control program. Symposia and panel topics will include:
- The human and economic burden of childhood pneumonia and access to treatment
- Antibiotic use and resistance: interventions and innovations
- Patterns of antibiotic use and resistance in agriculture
- Rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for bacterial infections
- Urban slums and antibiotics
- Antibiotics from pharmaceutical research and development to the consumer
In addition to these sessions, the Global Forum will also feature a declaration on maximizing the benefit of antibiotics for all societies. With speakers such as Zulfiqar Bhutta (Pakistan), Samuel Kariuki (Kenya), David Heymann (UK), and Nguyen Van Kinh (Vietnam) the Global Forum will bring together some of the leading experts in the field. Confirmed speakers are listed on the conference website.
Delegates from all backgrounds are encouraged to register, including students from low-, middle- and high-income countries. The meeting will include a student poster and presentation competition, and the top three winners will be awarded full flight, hotel and registration costs to the 2nd Global Forum on Bacterial Infections (to be held in 2013). In order to support students and delegates from low- and middle- income countries, partial and full travel awards are available.
Registration is open! We encourage you to submit an abstract, register and download conference posters. To find out more about the Global Forum please visit www.globalbacteria.org