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Applicant’s qualifications and previous contributions

The Statens Serum Institut, as the main applicant, is the central diagnostic, research and referral institute for microbiology in Denmark. It is involved in the national antibiotic use and resistance monitoring (DANMAP; see also WP5.4), has for many years worked in developing countries, e.g. Guinea-Bissau, and does research in all aspects of antibiotics (WP1, 4 and 5). Department of Veterinary Disease Biology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen (UC-LIFE) has a long track record researching all aspects of antibiotic resistance in both the human and veterinary fields. It is the coordinator of the EU-funded Early Stage Training research school TRAINAU on antibiotic use and resistance, where also SSI is a partner (www.trainau.dk; WP1, 4 and 5). The Department of International Health, Immunology and Microbiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen (UC-HEALTH) is involved in epidemiological and anthropological studies all over the world, including on drug use, and will be specifically involved in WP2. Dept of Pharmaceutics and Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UC-PHARMA, has as its main focus the analysis and measurement of antibiotics and their residues in all kinds of biological as well as geological samples (WP 3).

    University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS), has for many years participated in teaching and research on antibiotic resistance issues, as well as conducting surveys in rural communities regarding infections, treatment and drugs, as well as analytical pharmacy (Dept. of Microbiology (WP4), Dept. of Community Health (WP2), Dept. of Medicine and Therapeutics (WP3)). Similar activities as in Accra are ongoing at the College of Health Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), (Dept. of Pharmaceutical Chemistry (WP3), Dept of Clinical and Social Pharmacy (WP2), Dept. of Clinical Microbiology (WP4)). Ghana Food and Drugs Board, Ghana National Drugs Program, Policy Unit, Ministry of Health, can provide insight and support on issues related to monitoring of antibiotics produce nationally or imported. The National Health Insurance has expressed a keen interest in providing the best and cheapest care of patients, i.e. correct antibiotic treatment.