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Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health

Together for more healthy years


Theme Sustainability

Aletta’s role

In order to pass our system on to the next generation, we have to approach and treat antibiotic resistance as a social problem. Developing new and especially smart antibiotics to combat resistance is good, but at the same time it is like ‘a band-aid on the wound’. So far, against every newly developed antibiotic within no time resistance has developed. Therefore, it is an illusion to think that we can put an end to antibiotic resistance. We can, however, ensure that dangerous micro-organisms that are resistant do not spread and that infections for patients remain manageable. If we co-operate interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary, we can provide insight into the numerous causes underlying the spreading of antimicrobial resistance and develop effective methods for infection and resistance prevention.


A sustainable approach is the prevention of the spreading of antimicrobial resistance that keeps the circulation of specific multiresistant micro-organisms below the epidemic threshold. This requires multiple and complex interventions. The Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health transboundary works on the problem within the theme of Sustainability, and investigates antimicrobial resistance from different disciplines. We also work together with stakeholders from Leeuwarden to Oldenburg: bacteria do not stop at the borders of provinces or countries. Within the theme of Sustainability, the focus in the next five years will be on the microbiological comparison of antimicrobial resistance in the border regions, interventional modelling of the EPI network and the development of appropriate infection prevention.

Only when governments, companies, health insurers, care – and educational institutions join forces to form a collective policy, we can continue to offer safe and affordable care in the future. And exactly that is what we strive for within the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health.
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