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The use of antibiotics in livestock farming has decreased with 51 percent in the first half of 2012 compared to 2009. The goal to reduce the use by 50 percent by 2013 seems to be have been attained already in 2012. “We are very happy with this promising achievement,” say politicians of both the Ministry of Economic Affairs and of Public Health (27 November 2012).

Friday 16th November, European Antibiotic Awareness day, was organised by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. During this day Member States draw attention to the unnecessary use of antibiotics. The general public is being informed on the risk of antibiotic resistance (20 November 2012)

The Health Care Inspectorate has requested SWAB to formulate a policy on Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Netherlands. On the 21th of June the SWAB presented a document with guidelines to promote restrictive use of antibiotics. Each hospital should have a multidisciplinary team to optimize and implement their antibiotic policies. (26 september 2012)

Antibiotic resistance in the Netherlands remains relatively low, although resistance of Gram negative bacteria to third generation cephalosporins is increasing. The use of antibiotics in live stock is high in the Netherlands compared to other European countries, but has decreased by 40 percent since 2007. These results (NethMap / MARAN 2012 report) were presented at the annual SWAB symposium on the 21st of June (21 June 2012)

On 18th November, European Antibiotic Awareness Day, the SWAB and RIVM organised a symposium on the human and veterinary use and resistance of antibiotics. Henrik Wegener from Denmark received the SWAB award 2011 for his achievements in reducing the use of antibiotics in live stock in Denmark (20 November 2011)

7 April 2011, annual World Health Day.  Antimicrobial resistance is the focus of this year’s World Health Day.  WHO introduces a six-point policy package to combat antimicrobial resistance. A group of international scientists including SWAB co-founder Jos van der Meer and SWAB board member Inge Gyssens sound alarm in The Lancet. Visit the WHO site "this year's World Health Day". (7 April 2011)

Thursday 17 June 2010 the eleventh SWAB symposium was held in Media Plaza, Utrecht. A new report on consumption of antimicrobial agents and antimicrobial resistance in the Netherlands, Nethmap 2010, was presented during the symposium. Download program  to Nethmap 2010 

The 18th of November 2009 will be the second European Anbiotic Awareness Day. In several European countries successful campaigns have contributed to a more responsible use of antibiotics.
More information is provided by the  European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

Thursday 11 June 2009 the tenth SWAB symposium was held in Grand Hotel Karel V, Utrecht. At the symposium the renewed website and a webversion of NethMap 2009 were presented. to NethMap 2009   to the presentations at the symposium

Recently the Dutch Working Party on Antibiotic Policy (SWAB) and the Dutch Working Party on Infection Prevention (WIP) received the APUA 2008 leadership award for their work on antibiotic use improvement and infection control in the Netherlands.

Thursday 15 May 2008 the ninth SWAB symposium was held in hotel Karel V, Utrecht. A new report on consumption of antimicrobial agents and antimicrobial resistance in the Netherlands, NethMap 2008, was presented during the symposium. download program  to NethMap 2008