30th April 2024

The Global Antimicrobial Stewardship Partnership Hub (GASPH) is a dedicated online space designed to bring organisations together to support appropriate antibiotic use and reduce antimicrobial resistance. This month we’re inviting you to meet one of our partners: Global Health Continuing Professional Development (GHCPD), who are focused on bringing education on AMR diagnostics to low- and middle-income countries.

Diagnostics play an important role in the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The lack of accurate diagnostic testing to identify pathogens causing diseases leads to inappropriate treatment and overuse of antibiotics. Unfortunately, much of the progress that countries had achieved with antibiotic stewardship was eroded during the COVID-19 pandemic when antibiotics were frequently presumptively prescribed to COVID-19 patients. In June of 2023, WHO published the Global AMR Research Agenda to prioritize research topics, including the need to invest in rapid diagnostics, infection prevention measures, and the collection of data about resistance trends through surveillance.

COVID forced the shift from in-person trainings and workshops to virtual online activities. This provided us the opportunity to establish the Global Health Continuing Professional Development (GHCPD) educational platform, with the aim to increase knowledge and information-sharing on global health topics relevant and timely for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Our courses focus on emerging infectious diseases and target public health professionals across various sectors related to diagnostics.

Courses are free and developed by local and regional faculty in collaboration with key stakeholders, ensuring that information is relevant and timely and showcases innovations and technologies that can impact AMR. The courses are produced so that they are flexible and convenient for working professionals. Materials are interactive and engaging, and easily accessible and downloadable for offline teachings and trainings. Our courses attract all sectors of the healthcare system, including policy makers and regulators. It is critical to involve decision makers early on, so they are exposed to new technologies and knowledgeable to make the best-informed decisions. And bringing them together can accelerate access and uptake.

The GHCPD platform houses a series of courses targeting AMR stewards – clinicians, pharmacists, laboratory, and surveillance programs using diagnostic test results to guide rational use of antimicrobials. The course Microbiology Laboratory Testing to Address AMR defines the role of the laboratory, reviews microbiology techniques and addresses how to interpret results to guide antibiotic use as well as for AMR surveillance. The course The Laboratory in the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections – Making healthcare facilities safer introduces HAIs, why they are important, and reviews technologies and guidance susceptibility testing for patient management and prevention and control. This year we will be launching Building Capacity for AMR Surveillance in LMICs, where learners will apply quality data to support surveillance systems for better decisions to help tackle the AMR crisis and apply skills and knowledge to champion change and improve working practices. We also held a series of Country Case Studies, in which faculty reported how the course impacted their AMR program.

This year we also feature the AMR Global Health Academy. The Academy houses all GHCPD learning materials for the advancement of a global AMR response and provides healthcare professionals a learning community with a more structured curriculum and path to advance their professional development. The Academy features a newsletter and problem-solving cases developed by faculty; where learners work through real problems and share solutions and approaches with the AMR learning community.

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Global Health Continuing Professional Development (GHCPD) is a free online educational platform that supports public health and epidemic preparedness in low- and middle-income countries. Our courses include mini-lectures and interviews with local and regional experts, animations, and interactive discussion forums with expert faculty. Our community of learners includes more than 139 countries.  

 

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