Implementing the Belgian One Health National Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan

Last updated on 14-12-2022 by Pierre Daubresse

Fri, 27/03/2020 - 09:30 to 17:30


You are kindly invited  for the work session on the Implementation of the Belgian One Health National  Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan (AMRNAP), on the 27th of March 2020.   

What will we do? 

During this session we will employ a systems approach to reach a better understanding of the interactions between the actors of the AMRNAP and with the complex Belgian socio-economic context.

The primary aims are:

  • To identify the actors of the existing AMR control, their roles, knowledge, capacities and perspectives.
  • To identify various other stakeholders, their roles, motives, and perspectives.
  • To gain an inventory of exiting links and relationships.
  • To establish our common current understanding of biological and social mechanisms related to AM use and development of AMR.

The session will result in a visual representation or “map” of the way the field of AMR control is organised in Belgium today.
With the map we will: 

  • Identify critical control points for the evaluation of the AMR-NAP
  • Identify missing communication links
  • Identify missing data and knowledge
  • Gain a better understanding of the dynamics between different elements, sectors and disciplines, such as reinforcing and balancing feedback loops.
  • Gain a holistic view on biological and social dynamics involved AMU and AMR.

Why should you attend?

  • To learn about the systems approach as a way to tackle wicked problems:
  • It helps addressing problems with no perfect solution(s).
  • It helps crowd sourcing and co-creating knowledge, and facilitates cross-cutting ideas.
  • It helps anticipating impacts in a more holistic way and facilitates negotiating trade-offs.
  • It can be applied to other complex challenges in your daily tasks.
  • To present your perspective and that of your institution.
  • To be part of a seminal process collecting our current knowledge about AMR and AMR governance, building the system map as a common point of reference
  • To lead the conversation about AMR.
  • To generate new ideas for interventions, policy development and stakeholder engagement.
  • To initiate an iterative process to improve AMR/AMU governance progressively and reduce AMR sustainably.


  • Opening and aim of the workshop
  • Coffee break
  • Interactive session I: Applying systems mapping on AMR
  • Lunch break 
  • Interactive session II: Applying systems mapping on AMR
  • Coffee break
  • Discussion and recommendations

A session in the framework of the COHESIVE project from the One Health EJP  consortium 

The session will be part of the project COHESIVE. The project is part of the One Health EJP consortium in which more than 38 European partners are involved. COHESIVE is led by Dr. Kitty Maassen from the  Dutch National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). One of the aims of the project  is  to  support  member  states  in  Europe  in  creating  One  Health  approaches  to  strengthen  the  collaboration between food, medical and veterinarian professionals with respect to: early warning,  response and control of (emerging) zoonoses.   In order to support building and/or improving such a system at national level, currently COHESIVE is  co-creating  European  implementation  guidelines  with  several  institutes  and  professionals  from  different disciplines. A systems mapping tool is part of these guidelines. Please see below the links  regarding project descriptions.

A session facilitated by Simon Rüegg   
The session will be facilitated by Simon Rüegg, veterinary epidemiologist and experienced systems  thinker at the University of Zürich, Switzerland. In the frame of the EU COST Action “Network for Evaluation of One Health” he has  edited  with  colleagues  “Integrated  approaches  to  health:  a  handbook  for the  evaluation  of  One  Health”,  published  many  peer reviewed  articles  on  the  subject,  and  has been  solicited  for  presentations  and  workshops  by  the  UN  Convention  on  Biological Diversity (CBD),  the  American  Veterinary  Medical  Association,  the  US  Defence  Threat  Reduction  Agency  and  the  French  CIRAD,  among others. For more details please consult his researcher ID profile.

Watch this video about Systems thinking.


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Eurostation - Room Semmelweis
Rue Ernest Blerotstraat 1
1070 Brussels


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