23 January 2018 - 13:00 - 14:00
Francesca Colombo

This event is part of Friends of Europe’s Health and Wellbeing programme, which focuses on how the obstacles of vested interests and short-term political thinking can be overcome in the difficult transition to new healthcare models and systems – and how these new systems can be financed.

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Demographic shifts, greater demand and the prolonged economic crisis are putting European health systems under extreme pressure.

We look at how the obstacles of vested interests and short-term political thinking can be overcome in the difficult transition to new healthcare models and systems – and how these new systems can be financed.

12.30 - 13.00

Welcome lunch and registration of participants


Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a growing global health emergency that threatens to undermine the medical progress of the past century. 50,000 people die every year in the European Union and the United States from antimicrobial resistant infections. The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance chaired by Jim O’Neill projected that if AMR cannot be addressed by 2050, ten million people would die each year, combined with a reduction in global GDP of 2% to 3.5% and a total cost of 100 trillion dollars.

The EU has coordinated efforts to curb misuse of antibiotics, but in 2015 resistance to last-line antibiotics continued to increase. In parts of Europe, there are patients in intensive care, haematology and transplant units with infections for which there is no effective treatment available. Some member states have managed to reduce antibiotic use in hospitals, but antibiotic consumption increased in others.

  • What are the scientific challenges to developing new antibiotics?
  • How could the EU remove the roadblocks to innovation and accelerate progress to manage antibiotics better?
  • Given the important relationship for AMR between trade, animals in agriculture and human health, how can all relevant EU departments and agencies be mobilised to tackle AMR?
  • How do we change cultural expectations so there is less demand for antibiotics, fewer prescriptions by doctors and greater adherence by patients?

Speakers include:
Francesca Colombo, Head of the OECD Health Division


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Tamsin Rose
Senior Fellow
Tamsin Rose is Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe. Having studied international relations, she has 25 years of experience working across the European continent from Ireland to Mongolia. A natural communicator, Tamsin has been a radio reporter, worked on press for the EU Delegation in Moscow and is currently a member of the external speaker team for the European Commission Directorate General for Communication, describing how the EU works and key policies to visitor groups from around the world. Since 2002 she has specialised in public health and public participation issues, serving as Secretary General of the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), and providing strategic advice for health groups on how to engage successfully with the EU.
Francesca Colombo
Head of the OECD Health Division
Francesca Colombo is responsible for OECD work on health, which aims at providing internationally comparable data on health systems and applying economic analysis to health policies, advising citizens, stakeholders and policymakers on how to respond to demands for more and better healthcare. In her current position, Colombo supports the strategic orientations of the Secretary-General and their implementation in the area of health. She is currently leading a health economic evaluation to identify the most cost-effective strategies to tackle AMR in humans, as well as an economic analysis of the benefits and costs of antibiotic usage in livestock production.

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