SPIRHA - Swedish programme

Reference number 2018-04196
Coordinator FOLKHÄLSOMYNDIGHETEN - Folkhälsomyndigheten, Solna
Funding from Vinnova SEK 1 498 145
Project duration November 2018 - September 2019
Status Ongoing
Venture Vision-driven health
Call Health Missions

Purpose and goal

Every year, about 700,000 people globally die from infections caused by microorganisms resistant to antibiotics; this figure may increase to 10 million by 2050. In order to slow down the development of antibiotic resistance we urgently need to find a balance between supply and demand for antibiotics, conserve the antibiotics we have available as well as to find new strategies and alternatives to treat infections. SPIRHA aims to create a dynamic collaboration platform where actors from all parts of society can contribute to a clear and measurable Vision inspiring to magnificent deeds.

Expected results and effects

SPIRHA aims to create a broader platform than other ongoing initiatives in the field, focusing on innovation and implementation rather than fundamental research. Relevant partners collaborate to meet different interim goals through innovation projects, which over time lead to long-term sustainable access to effective antibiotics.

Planned approach and implementation

SPIRHA is led by the Public Health Agency of Sweden and RISE, in addition Strama and ReAct are part of the initial project team. Starting from a small team of knowledgeable and independent parties, we will give all stakeholders the same opportunity to contribute to the needs analysis and influence the Vision. A complex problem such as antibiotic resistance requires an agile form of cooperation where priorities may change and new actors become relevant for different parts of the implementation.

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