Project
Start
January 2019

Sonar-Global: international collaboration to address infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance

Duration: Jan 2019 - Jun 2022

Background
Societies inside and outside Europe are exposed to the threat of infectious disease outbreaks and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). History has many outbreak cases. A very recent example of this is the corona pandemic, which affects virtually every aspect of social life worldwide. In order to respond adequately to risks and consequences, a multidisciplinary approach is required, making use of current scientific insights. In practice, this approach does not get off the ground sufficiently, and this is largely due to the insufficient use of knowledge and expertise from the social sciences. The Sonar-Global project focuses on the positioning and use of the social sciences in the fight against infectious diseases and AMR.

Aim
An international consortium, coordinated by the Pasteur Institute in Paris, collaborates with scientists, policy makers and professionals from many countries. Nivel is committed to developing practical solutions for locally identified problems in response to current threats, together with the partners, based on research. This three-year project will ensure the continuation and reinforcement of Nivel's international activities on a theme that will remain a point of attention for public health and safety in the future.

Project partners
Institut Pasteur, France; Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development, a joint institute of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Vrije University (VU), the Netherlands; Center for Public Health, Medical University of Vienna, Austria; Mahidol University, Thailand; Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health, Ukrain; BRAC University, Bangladesh; UCL, London's Global Universuity, United Kingdom; Makerere University, Uganda; Institut of Development Studies, United Kingdom; CENSIS, Centre for Social Studies and Policies, Italy; LMU, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany; University of Malta, Malta; University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; and many Affiliated Partners www.sonar-global.eu/sonar-global-partners)

Methods
Strategies, tools and training programs are being developed to address vulnerabilities in multiple regions, together with local stakeholders. Within this consortium, Nivel is committed to developing practical solutions for locally identified problems in response to current threats, based on research. The approach is being tested in Bangladesh, Uganda and Ukraine, among others, but also within Europe with a focus on COVID-19. Within Europe these are Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Malta, Slovenia and Switzerland.

Result
This three-year project will continue and strengthen Nivel's international activities on a theme that will continue to be a focus of public health and safety in the future.

For more information: see www.sonar-global.eu
Funding
European Commission
Project partners
The Sonar-Global Network consist of 14 international organisations in Europe: France, The Netherlands, Austria, Thailand, Ukrain, Bangladesh, United Kingdom, Uganda, Italy, Germany, Malta, Slovenia. There is also large number of affiliated partners (see more at www.sonar-global.eu/sonar-global-partners)