Industry, health care and the agricultural and veterinary sector in the Netherlands and in Germany join forces to fight infections caused by extremely resistant microorganisms. The aim is to prevent antibiotic resistance in humans and animals and to reduce the risks for patients and public health. The starting signal was given for two new projects led by Professor Alex Friedrich, professor of medical microbiology at the UMCG.
HEALTH-I-CARE (INTERREG DE-NL)
The cross border and inter-sectorial Health-I-Care innovations project, coordinated by Alex Friedrich, addresses safer healthcare by focusing on better hygienic standards to prevent and combat hospital infections and antimicrobial resistance. The involved public and private stakeholders have defined to work on about 30 relevant innovative products and technologies in different fields, a.o. diagnostics, therapy, stewardship, awareness, and persuasive communication. The project (~k€715) is funded for 50% via Interreg funds of the European Union. For more detailed information about this project see: http://www.health-i-care.eu
EURHEALTH-1HEALTH (INTERREG DE-NL)
The cross border and inter-sectorial Eurhealth-1Health project, coordinated by Alex Friedrich, focus on prevention of infections caused by pertinent resistant microorganisms and antimicrobial resistance in humans and animals, both adding to the reduction of the associated health risks. During the project Dutch and German health care and knowledge institutions from 4 so-called Euregions intensively collaborate to even further improve the current high quality of infection-related health care. The project (~k€500) is funded for 50% via Interreg funds of the European Union.