Heath First Europe together with the members of the European Patient Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR Patient Group), launched the 2021 Declaration on AMR, being truly committed to raising awareness about the real-world impact of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Consequently, we strive to help reduce the inappropriate use of existing antibiotics, promote antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention and control measures across Europe, and develop novel antibiotics where needed.
The purpose of this Declaration is to empower European citizens and patients to speak with one voice when sharing personal and group insights and experiences regarding the real-world impact of AMR and HAIs.
The Declaration further calls upon European and national authorities to commit to a full range of interventions in field of education, prevention and investment. It is now more urgent than ever to step up actions to prevent HAIs and the related development of AMR throughout the patient journey.
You can find the full Declaration with the policy recommendations and a nice infographic attached below.
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The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that patient harm is the 14th leading cause of the global disease burden, alike illnesses such as tuberculosis and malaria. In some European countries, the burden of patient harm is comparable to that of chronic diseases (e.g. multiple sclerosis and some types of cancer). Statistics show that strategies to reduce the rate of adverse events in the European Union alone would lead to the prevention of more than 750 000 harm-inflicting medical errors per year, leading in turn to over 3.2 million fewer days of hospitalization, 260 000 fewer incidents of permanent disability, and 95 000 fewer deaths per year.
The Declaration for Patient Safety aims to call upon health authorities, policymakers, healthcare professionals, providers and patients to join hands to prevent unnecessary harms in healthcare by promoting safer health systems and high quality standards on patient safety across Europe.
You can download the Declaration and its Working Document below. All the information on the Declaration can be found in the dedicated webpage:
The Latvian Presidency, in collaboration with Health First Europe, presented the “Declaration for Making Patient – Centered Community Care a Reality,”to encourage and support the development of policies to improve care for patients specifically in community settings. Launching the Declaration, the Latvian Presidency promotes the importance of patient-centered care for all citizens in Europe.
Link to download the Declaration below: