1st African Conference on Antibiotic use and Resistance held

The African Conference on Antibiotic Use and Resistance was by the Antibiotic Drug use, Monitoring and Evaluation of Resistance (ADMER) (a Danida-sponsored research project in Ghana) and the University of Ghana School of Medicine and Dentistry in collaboration with the Ministry of Health in Ghana, the Microbiology Association of Ghana and the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
(ESCMID). Three-day conference held from 18th to 20th March, 2015 at the GIMPA Conference center, Accra was on the theme "Who is winning the Antibiotic Resistance War: Bacteria or Man?"

The conference was opened by Mr Joseph Yieleh Chireh, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health called for an effective surveillance to monitor the use of antimicrobials and its occurrence of resistant bacteria in both humans and animals. He said research had shown that many lives had been lost as a result of diseases of bacterial origin and misuse of antibiotics was becoming a global medical concern.

The conference had participants from Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Sweden and Denmark.