THET is pleased to announce that twelve successful health partnerships have been awarded funding through the Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewardship Scheme (CwPAMS), working to tackle the growing challenge of antimicrobial resistance in Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, running from February 2019 to April 2020.
Known as antimicrobial resistance (AMR), this “silent killer” and looming public health threat has severe social and economic consequences that could have a lasting impact on families, individuals and communities across the globe.
This study showed that despite a large number of microbiology test orders, only a limited number of tests informed antibiotic treatment. To ensure that microbiology tests are used optimally, there is a need to review the utility of existing microbiology tests, test ordering practices and use of test results through a more targeted and overarching approach.
Implementation of AMR policy and decision-making should be guided only by reliable, unbiased estimates of effect size. Generating these estimates requires a thorough understanding of important biases and their impact on measured outcomes.
The overwhelming resistance to commonly used antibiotics heralds a clarion call towards strengthening antimicrobial stewardship programmes and regular AMR regional surveillance.