2nd March 2023

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) training course, created in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO). ‘How to establish an antimicrobial stewardship program - a course for healthcare professionals in Egypt’, will deliver training and evaluation to several cohorts of healthcare practitioners across Egypt over the coming months.

According to the Gram Report, AMR is one of the world’s leading causes of death, associated with around 5 million deaths every year. Looking at data collected by the WHO Global Antimicrobial Surveillance System (GLASS), antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a growing issue in Egypt, with their National Action Place noting ‘extensive resistance’ to some antimicrobial agents.

This course, which marks the first such collaboration between BSAC and WHO, aims to support healthcare providers in Egypt by introducing the key components of setting up an AMS programme – including the goals and core elements of AMS, how to build an effective team, and how to appropriately evaluate the success of the programme. The course looks at the importance of AMS on a local, regional, and global scale, in addition to covering the key concepts of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and AMS. Learners will also examine governance and leadership roles as they apply to AMS programmes.

The programme of work includes accreditation of two centres which it is hoped will become the first AMS Centres of Excellence in the region.

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