Antimicrobials: Balancing Access and Stewardship
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Activity Title: Antimicrobials: Balancing Access and Stewardship

Release Date: May 25, 2021

Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 70 minutes

Statement of Need:

Antimicrobial resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, accelerated in part by the misuse of antibiotics. The lack of access to antibiotics in resource constrained settings continues to cause significant morbidity and mortality, while the overuse of antibiotics accelerates the global spread of drug resistant organisms. It is critical to ensure access to appropriate antimicrobials while measuring and improving how antibiotics are prescribed by clinicians and used by patients. During this webinar, speakers will address the unique challenges of successfully  implementing antimicrobial stewardship programs in resource constrained settings to optimize clinical outcomes while minimizing unintended consequences of antimicrobial use, including toxicity, the selection of pathogenic organisms (such as Clostridioides difficile), and the emergence of resistance. They will discuss the introduction of new antimicrobials in high-endemic settings and how to ensure that these treatments are available to those who need them while using them sparingly to limit the development of drug resistance.

Faculty:

Dr. Mirfin Mpundu,
Director, ReAct Africa, Zambia
 
Dr. Manica Balasegaram
Executive Director of Global Antibiotic Research & Development Partnership (GARDP)

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Supported by an Unrestricted Educational Grant from BioMerieux

Upon completion of this module, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize antimicrobial resistance as one of the biggest threats to global health, accelerated in part by the misuse of antibiotics
  • Describe how the lack of access to antibiotics in resource constrained settings continues to cause significant morbidity and mortality, while the overuse of antibiotics accelerates the global spread of drug resistant organisms. 
  • Understand the unique challenges of successfully  implementing antimicrobial stewardship programs in resource constrained settings to optimize clinical outcomes while minimizing unintended consequences of antimicrobial use, including toxicity, the selection of pathogenic organisms (such as Clostridioides difficile), and the emergence of resistance. 
  • Discuss the introduction of new antimicrobials in high-endemic settings and the steps to ensure that these treatments are available to those who need them while using them sparingly to limit the development of drug resistance

Physicians, clinical microbiologists, healthcare professionals, clinical pharmacists, nurses, public health officials

Antimicrobial Stewardship Programmes  In Health-Care Facilities In Low- And Middle-Income Countries: A WHO Practical Toolkit: 
https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/329404/9789241515481-eng.pdf

US CDC: Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship: https://www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use/core-elements/index.html

International Society for Infectious Diseases – Guide to Infection Prevention and Control in the Healthcare Setting. Chapter: Anitmicrobial Stewardship in the healthcare Setting: https://isid.org/guide/amr/antimicrobial-stewardship/

 

Supported by an Unrestricted Educational Grant from BioMerieux

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Faculty Disclosures:

Dr. Mirfin Mpundu and Dr. Manica Balasegaram​ have no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this program/presentation

Moderator Disclosures:

Dr. Esmita Charani​ has no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this program/presentation

Professor Alison Holmes 
Grants/Research Support: Co-Supervisor (with the Department of Chemistry) of a PhD fellowship funded through a collaborative programme involving industry partnerships. Industry partner: Shionogi (£15,000 per annum to Imperial College for a PhD studentship)
Spouse/Partner: On the GSK Vaccine Scientific Advisory Board

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