ReAct Southeast Asia (SEA) Regional Meeting on Antibiotic Resistance

3-4 May 2011

Bangkok, Thailand

Over the past few years, ReAct (Action on Antibiotic Resistance) and its partners in Southeast Asia have been engaged in a series of initiatives to build partnerships, raise awareness and strengthen collaboration among stakeholders to address the growing challenge of antibiotic resistance in the region.

A first regional meeting was held in March 2008, with partners in Malaysia and Thailand, to identify the issues and initiatives for collaboration. This was followed by a second meeting in March 2010, with representatives from five countries in the SEA region (Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) coming together to share knowledge on the country situation, initiatives undertaken and ways ahead with regard to a “Cooperative Campaign for Antibiotic Resistance Control”. This meeting was sponsored by ReAct and the Drug System Monitoring and Development Program, Social Pharrmacy Research Unit, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (DMDC-SPC).

ReAct-DMDC-SPC will be convening another SEA regional meeting of network partners on 3-4 May 2011, in Bangkok, Thailand.

The regional meeting will link up with an important local stakeholders meeting, focused on similar themes of sharing experience, knowledge and initiatives undertaken and developing an action plan for the year. The meeting of the Thai stakeholders is also an important part of an advocacy campaign to include ABR as an agenda item in the Thai National Health Assembly.

Goal, Objectives and Outcomes of the Regional Meeting


  • To sustain the dialogue, among key stakeholders, towards a regional agenda for action, including especially national and regional policy platforms on ABR.


  • To share and learn from country activities, projects and programs. A brief review of the country situation should be included in presentations. The focus will be on specific successful initiatives that can be further developed.
  • To review and explore cross-learning opportunities and initiatives, such as the ASU project and the ASP, and the results of national and regional studies such as the curriculum survey and how to take forward a regional program for change based on the results.
  • To plan the ReAct regional agenda for the next 12 months, including the re-scheduled SEA Conference 2012.


  • An Agenda of Action for ReAct in SEA.
  • Projects and programs for cross learning.
  • Greater momentum for regional platforms for policy and programs.
  • A program of practical cross-learning for 2011 and beyond.

Structure of the Meeting

The focus of the meeting presentations and discussions is on local and regional activities and initiatives addressing the ABR/AMR issues. These initiatives are at community, hospital, scientific, research/study and policy levels, often a mix of each.

The meeting also follows a two-track process. The regional meeting will run parallel to a Thai stakeholders meeting, both meetings focusing on current initiatives and future plans.

The Thai and regional participants will join as a common meeting in the morning of the first day. A Thai representation will continue to participate in the regional meeting into the second day.

The meeting agenda is structured around selected current activities, projects and programmes in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Presentations and discussions are organized as panel sessions.

Day 1 will focus on what’s happening currently. Day 2 will focus on next steps.

Proposed Draft Agenda

Day 1- May

(The Thai and regional groups meet together in the morning session. In the afternoon, the Thai and regional groups hold parallel meetings, with a Thai representation participating in the regional meeting)

8.00am             Registration

8.30am             Introduction of Meeting and participants

Moderator: ReAct and DMDC-SPC-Chula

9.00am             Panel on Thailand

Moderator: Dr. Niyada Kiatying-Angsulee


[This panel will consist of Thai representatives presenting the ABR initiatives, activities, projects and programmes in Thailand as well as the Thai stakeholders meeting].

9.30am             Panel on ABR-RUD initiatives

Moderator: Dr. Nithima Soompradith

Panelists: Dr. Purnamawati S. Pujiarto, Dr. Jaya Balan and Prof. Dr. Isidro Sia, Prof. Dr. Kunyada Anuwong

[This panel will present and discuss the RUD initiatives at the community level such as the Antibiotic Smart Use (ASU) project in Thailand and the Health Education Program for Parents (HEPP), RUD and patient safety campaigns in Indonesia; as well as the learnings from the study trip of participants to the ASU project site in Saraburi, Thailand)

10.30am            Panel on Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP)

Moderator: Dr. Maciej Piotr

Panelists: Dr.Kumthorn Malathum, Dr. Roungtiva Muenpa, Yaowapha Shaijarernwana, Dr. Sripetcharat Mekviwattanawong, Dr.Niyada Kiatying-Angsulee, Dr. Winnie Lee

[This panel will consist of the participants from Singapore and Thailand involved in the ASP  as well as a selection of the Thai participants of the ASP study trip to Singapore].

11.30am            Panel on Research and Studies

Moderator: Ms. Pornpit Silkavute

Panelists: Dr. Mohamed Azmi Ahmad Hassali, Ms. Do Thi Thuy Nga, Dr. Yoel Lubell

[This panel will present and discuss research and survey studies on ABR/AMR issues in the SEA region with a view to affect changes in policy, regulation and education]

12.30pm            LUNCH & Thai Poster Exhibition

2.00pm             Panel on further initiatives

Moderator; Dr. Mary Murray

Panelists: Mr. Satya Sivaraman, Mr. Panya Chayakam, Dr. Mohamed Azmi Ahmad Hassali, Dr.Niyada Kiatying-Angsulee, Dr. Purnamawati S. Pujiarto, Prof. Dr. Isidro Sia and WHO SEARO/WPRO Representatives.

1.       Chiang Mai – Uppsala Twin ABR City Project

2.       Artists and new communication approaches for health promotion on ABR

3.       World Health Day 2011 – continuing the campaign

3.00pm             What next? – Discussions on future projects, local and regional


1. A regional ASU project

2. A regional ASP project

3. What next for the curriculum survey project?

7.00pm             Dinner, shows and exhibition



Dr. Niyada Kiatying-Angsulee, Chair, Social Pharmacy Research Unit, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Director, Social Research Institute; Manager, Drug System Monitoring and Development Program, Chulalongkorn University, THAILAND.

Dr.Kumthorn Malathum, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Secretary General, Infectious Disease Association, Secretary General, Infectious Disease Association of Thailand; Chair,  Antibiotics Working Team, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital


Dr. Nithima Soompradith, Senior Pharmacist, Food and Drug Administration; Assistant Director, International Health Policy Program, Ministry of Public Health, THAILAND

Ms. Pornpit Silkavute, Health Systems Research Institute, Ministry of Public Health, THAILAND.

Dr.Pisonthi Chongtrakul, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Director of the Antibiotic Smart Use Project, THAILAND

Prof. Dr. Kunyada Anuwong, Faculty of Pharmacy, Srinakharinwirot University, THAILAND.

Dr. Roungtiva Muenpa, Head of Acute Care Unit, Head of Human Resource System and

Research Development Unit , Pharmacy Department, Lampang Hospital, Thailand.

Yaowapha Shaijarernwana, Head, Drug Information Unit, Department of Pharmacy, Maharat Nakorn Chiang Mai  Hospital, Thailand

Dr. Sripetcharat Mekviwattanawong, Department of Medicine, Phra Nang Klao Hospital, Nonthaburi, Thailand.

Mr. Panya Chayakam, Veteran Thai artist, working on ecological and wildlife themes in the medium of painting and sculpture.  Based in Ratchaburi, Thailand.

Dr. Yoel Lubell, MSc Public Health, PhD Health Economics, Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Bangkok.

Ms. Cecilia Oh, Independent Consultant on IP and health issues, THAILAND

Mr. Marwaan Macan-Markar, IPS Journalist.

Dr. Siritree Suttajit, Faculty of Pharmacy, Mahasarakham University, Kantarawichai, Maha Sarakham, THAILAND.

Dr.Anan  Jongtaleng, Head of  the Faculty of Veterinary Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine Chulalongkorn University, THAILAND.

Mrs.Orawan Ketcharoen, King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, THAILAND.

Mrs.Panadda Leesathapornvongsa, National Health Security Office, THAILAND.

Dr.Rungtiwa  Maunpa, Lampang Hospital, THAILAND.

Dr.Somying Poomtong, Faculty of Pharmacy, Srinakharinwirot University, THAILAND.

Dr. Suntharee T.Chaisumritchok, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, THAILAND.

Mrs.Surang Detsirilert, The National Institute of Department of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Public Health, THAILAND.


Dr. Purnamawati S. Pujiarto, Clinical Pediatrician, Project Director on Empowering community through promoting RUM and patient safety; World Alliance for Patient Safety; Advisory board, Foundation for Older Persons Care, Indonesia.


Dr. Jaya Balan, Health Advisor, Consumers Association of Penang; Senior Lecturer, Discipline Of Social and Administrative Pharmacy, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, MALAYSIA.

Dr. Mohamed Azmi Ahmad Hassali, Senior Lecturer, Discipline Of Social and Administrative Pharmacy, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, MALAYSIA.

Dr. Claire Italiano, Senior Lecturer, Infectious Diseases, University of Malaya Medical Centre, MALAYSIA.


Prof. Dr. Isidro Sia, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, College of Medicine, University of the Philippines, Manila, PHILIPPINES


Dr. Maciej Piotr Chlebicki, Department of Infectious Diseases, Singapore General Hospital; Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, SINGAPORE.

Dr. Winnie Lee, Principal Clinical Pharmacist, Singapore General Hospital; Member of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Workgroup and the National Taskforce for Antimicrobial Stewardship, Ministry of Health.


Ms. Nguyen Thi Thuy Nguyen, Epidemiological Field Laboratory of Bavi, Project, on “Antibiotic resistance a global challenge” – contextualized interventions to improve infection control and antibiotic management in Vietnam and India, VIETNAM.

Ms. Do Thi Thuy Nga Coordinator-GARP, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, NHTD-Bach Mai Hospital, VIETNAM

Dr. Heiman Wertheim, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit; GARP Coordinator Vietnam, National Institute of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Bach Mai Hospital, VIETNAM.

Dr. Mattias Erik Larsson, Hanoi Medical University (as representative for Karolinska Institutet, Department of Public Health Science, Division of International Health and Dept. of Infectious Diseases), VIETNAM

ReAct – Action on Antibiotic Resistance, International Secretariat:

Dr. Mary Murray, Global Network Coordinator, ReAct, AUSTRALIA.

Mr. Satya Sivaraman, Information and Communications Coordinator, ReAct, INDIA.

Dr. Michael Chai – ReAct SEA Coordinator, MALAYSIA.

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