The workshop aims at reviewing existing knowledge, ongoing studies, identifying gaps and priorities for prevention and control of MDR HAI in LMIC with particular focus on Gram negative bacteria, respiratory and bloodstream infections. After discussing the design of high quality studies (including randomized controlled trials) to test agreed interventions, participants will continue discussions in their home institutions and become involved in developing further studies to advance knowledge and introduce interventions to reduce the burden of HAIs.
30 – 60 graduate and postgraduate students, infectious diseases specialists, clinical microbiologists, paediatricians, respiratory specialists, intensive care doctors, infection control practitioners, pharmacists, doctors, and other specialties interested in all aspects of sepsis.
Hanan Balkhy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Faryal Khamis, Muscat, Oman
Eskild Petersen, Aarhus N, Denmark
Jordi Rello, Barcelona, Spain
ESCMID Study Group for Infections in Critically Ill Patients - ESGCIP
ESCMID Study Group for Nosocomial Infections - ESGNI
The Royal Hospital, Ministry of Health, Muscat, Oman
European Committee on Infection Control (EUCIC)
CIBERES, Vall d’Hebron Institute of Research, Barcelona, Spain
GCC Center for Infection Control, Ministry of National Guard-Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The organizers of the course will apply for European CME accreditation through EACCME.


Seif Al-Abri, Muscat, Oman
Amina Al-Jardani, Muscat, Oman
Amal Al Maani, Muscat, Oman
Zaina AL Maskari, Muscat, Oman
Zakariya Al Muharrmi, Muscat, Oman
Jameela Al Salman, Manama, Bahrain
Abdullah Balkhair, Muscat, Oman
Hanan Balkhy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Stephan Juergen Harbarth, Geneva, Switzerland
Hilary Humphreys, Dublin, Ireland
Rola Husni, Beirut, Lebanon
Zeina Kanafani, Beirut, Lebanon
Faryal Khamis, Muscat, Oman
Ziad A. Memish, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Gokhan Metan, Ankara, Turkey
M.A. Eiman Mokaddas, Dasma, Kuwait
Tibor Pal, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
Eskild Petersen, Aarhus N, Denmark
Nicola Petrosillo, Rome, Italy
Jordi Rello, Barcelona, Spain
Agnes Maria Sonnevend, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
Margreet C. Vos, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Contact Person (Scientific Programme)

Faryal Khamis
Royal Hospital
Infectious Diseases and Infection Control
P.O. Box 1331
111 Muscat
+968 9938 4896
+968 9212 3456

Administrative Secretariat

Fatma Al Salami
Ministry of Health (Oman)
Department of Medicine
100 Muscat
+968 24 599057
+968 24 599666

Venue Info

Event Map
Venue Details
Crowne Plaza Hotel
P.O. Box 1455, Ruwi 112 Muscat
Phone: +968 9212 3456
Fax: +968 9212 3456

Friday, 24 March 2017

06:00 - 06:15
Opening comments and workshop objectives
Speaker(s): Faryal Khamis
06:15 - 07:45
Session 1: The burden of MDR Gram-negatives I
Chairperson(s): Seif Al-Abri
Chairperson(s): Stephan Juergen Harbarth
06:15 - 06:45
MDR Gram-negative bacteria in the ICU
Speaker(s): Jordi Rello
06:45 - 07:15
Hospital-acquired infections – the experience from Turkey
Speaker(s): Gokhan Metan
07:15 - 07:45
Molecular epidemiology of resistance in the Gulf region
Speaker(s): Tibor Pal
07:45 - 08:15
Coffee/tea break
08:15 - 08:55
Session 2: The burden of MDR Gram-negatives II
Chairperson(s): Faryal Khamis
Chairperson(s): Gokhan Metan
08:15 - 08:35
MDR in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Speaker(s): Ziad A. Memish
08:35 - 08:55
MDR hospital-acquired infections in Oman
Speaker(s): Amina Al-Jardani
08:55 - 11:00
Lunch and prayer
11:00 - 11:50
Session 3: The burden of MDR Gram-negatives III
Chairperson(s): Zaina AL Maskari
Chairperson(s): Agnes Maria Sonnevend
11:00 - 11:20
MDR hospital-acquired infections in Lebanon
Speaker(s): Zeina Kanafani
11:20 - 11:40
MDR hospital-acquired infections in Kuwait
Speaker(s): M.A. Eiman Mokaddas
11:40 - 11:50
The strategic plan for combating antimicrobial resistance in Gulf Cooperation Council States
Speaker(s): Hanan Balkhy
11:50 - 12:20
Coffee/tea break
12:20 - 14:00
Session 4: Screening and antibiotic stewardship
Chairperson(s): Amal Al Maani
Chairperson(s): Zeina Kanafani
12:20 - 12:50
Screening on admission – what is the value?
Speaker(s): Stephan Juergen Harbarth
12:50 - 13:15
Establishing stewardship programmes: what metrics to use?
Speaker(s): Rola Husni
13:15 - 13:30
Antibiotic stewardship – is it too late?
Speaker(s): Eskild Petersen
13:30 - 13:45
Successful stewardship programme - Bahrain experience
Speaker(s): Jameela Al Salman
13:45 - 14:00
Wrap up of day 1
Speaker(s): Faryal Khamis
16:00 - 19:00
Participants dinner

Saturday, 25 March 2017

05:30 - 07:00
Session 5: New approaches to infection control
Chairperson(s): Abdullah Balkhair
Chairperson(s): Hilary Humphreys
05:30 - 06:00
An integrated approach to infection control
Speaker(s): Nicola Petrosillo
06:00 - 06:30
The research agenda – what does molecular epidemiology teach us?
Speaker(s): Gokhan Metan
06:30 - 07:00
Control of ventilator-associated pneumonia: the EU-VAP/CAP study
Speaker(s): Jordi Rello
07:00 - 07:30
Coffee/tea break
07:30 - 09:00
Session 6: What technologies are at our disposal?
Chairperson(s): Zakariya Al Muharrmi
Chairperson(s): Jordi Rello
07:30 - 08:00
Gap analysis of current approaches to preventing HCAI
Speaker(s): Stephan Juergen Harbarth
08:00 - 08:30
New tools for environmental microbial control
Speaker(s): Hilary Humphreys
08:30 - 09:00
Evaluation of tools: outcome measures, methods, defining effects
Speaker(s): Margreet C. Vos
09:00 - 11:00
Lunch and prayer
11:00 - 12:00
Session 7: What is on top of the research agenda?
Chairperson(s): Ziad A. Memish
Chairperson(s): Nicola Petrosillo
11:00 - 11:30
Methodology and study design of interventional studies – what we have learnt from implementing ESCMID respiratory bundles
Speaker(s): Jordi Rello
11:30 - 12:00
Round table discussion: The research agenda – what is needed to answer future needs for infection control?
Chairperson(s): Seif Al-Abri
Chairperson(s): Hanan Balkhy
Chairperson(s): Rola Husni
Chairperson(s): Gokhan Metan
Chairperson(s): Nicola Petrosillo
Chairperson(s): Jordi Rello
12:00 - 12:30
Coffee/ tea break
12:30 - 13:00
Session 8: Group discussion on intervention studies to control HAI
12:30 - 13:00
Conclusions, wrap up, future plans
Speaker(s): Faryal Khamis

The registration fee will cover lunches, coffee breaks, teaching materials and social activities (including one dinner). Travel and accommodation is not included.