Managing Antimicrobial Resistance through Behaviour Change, March 16 - 17, 2021

The focus of Managing Antimicrobial Resistance through Behaviour Change is how to support the work that takes place on global and national levels to address antimicrobial resistance, with a special focus on improving knowledge and changing behaviours around antibiotic resistance.

Using knowledge from research and innovations, the objective is to develop concrete proposals for improved practice and policies, and form alliances to pursue new ideas and implement joint solutions.


Use and inappropriate use of medicines have led to growing resistance to drugs used for treating different kinds of infections. The World Health Organization today identifies antimicrobial resistance as one of the top ten threats to global health that requires urgent action. The last five years have seen increased commitments within the global community to tackle growing drug resistance. In 2015 the World Health Assembly endorsed a global action plan and Member States were encouraged to develop their own national action plans. The following year, antimicrobial resistance was also discussed in the UN General Assembly, and as a result, the UN Interagency Coordination Group (IACG) on Antimicrobial Resistance was formed. In 2019, this group handed over its concluding report ‘No Time to Wait: Securing the Future from Drug-Resistant Infections’, to the UN Secretary-General, including a set of recommendations to guide future work. Achieving these objectives will require change in behaviours, on individual, organizational and system levels.

Focus at Uppsala Health Summit 2021

The goal of Uppsala Health Summit 2021 is to support the work that takes place on global and national levels to address antimicrobial resistance, with a special focus on improving knowledge and changing behaviours. In workshops and in plenary sessions, the program will center on strategies for sustained change in behaviours. We will identify existing scalable, evidence-based solutions and discuss obstacles for implementation. What can we learn from other fields and do we need to reframe the messages for better impact? 

Uppsala Health Summit 2015Uppsala Health Summit 2021 stands on the shoulders of Uppsala Health Summit 2015, which addressed implementation of the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance across six focus-areas, as well as our summit 2017 which explored One Health solutions to tackle infectious disease threats.This time we will expand the community of discussants to include a greater focus on the social and behavioural sciences. 

The Summit

Uppsala Health Summit is a two-day meeting filled with results-oriented dialogues in workshops, inspiring keynote presentations and debate in plenary. Delegates from different sectors and countries bring key competencies to the table. This creates many opportunities to engage in interesting conversations and establish useful new relations.

Uppsala Health Summit goal is to bring different perspectives together, to address already identified challenges and dilemmas to improve utilization of medical advancements for better health globally.

One month prior to the Summit, all delegates will receive the Pre-Conference Report. This document summarises the state-of-the-art research on the topics that the workshops will elaborate on.