Tag Archives | Antimicrobial Resistance

SIAPS and K4Health Update and Publish Free e-Learning Courses on Antimicrobial Resistance

By Aubrey Clark, Technical Advisor for Pharmaceutical Services, and Mohan P. Joshi, Principal Technical Advisor and Cluster Lead for Pharmaceutical Services On September 21st, global leaders attending this year’s United Nations General Assembly will discuss one of the most pressing global public health threats of our time: antimicrobial resistance (AMR). This AMR meeting is only the […]

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Improving Infection Prevention and Control Practices at Health Facilities in Resource-Limited Settings: SIAPS Technical Report

Infection prevention and control (IPC) is essential to reduce the spread of health facility-acquired (nosocomial) infections, including drug-resistant ones.

The USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program’s goal in global technical assistance in IPC is to reduce the development and spread of nosocomial infections and antimicrobial resistance. This contributes to an improved quality of patient care and safety in public health facilities in resource-constrained countries.

This report summarizes key accomplishments and lessons learned in implementing SIAPS’ approach to improving IPC practices in four countries: South Africa, Namibia, Jordan, and Ethiopia. All activities address SIAPS’s overall objective to build or enhance national and facility capacity to develop, implement, and monitor IPC programs by focusing on the principles of health systems strengthening.

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Containing Antimicrobial Resistance to Realize the Goals of Universal Health Coverage

Joshi MP. Containing antimicrobial resistance to realize the goals of universal health coverage. Oral presentation at the Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network (EPN) Forum 2016, Tubingen, Germany. May 18-21, 2016.

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Call to Action: Combat Antimicrobial Resistance and Preserve Antimicrobials for Future Generations

Delegates at the Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network (EPN) Forum 2016, agreed upon and issued a Call to Action against antimicrobial resistance during the biannual meeting, held 18-21 May 2016, in Tubingen, Germany. EPN, a partner of the USAID-funded SIAPS Program, issued the renewed call to action with support from SIAPS and other partners.

While antimicrobial resistance has long been recognized as global threat, actions to combat the spread and further emergence of AMR have been relatively limited. The Call to Action highlights four specific actions that can be taken forward by a number of key groups: 1) governments and policy makers; 2) health care institutions; 3) health schools, training institutions, and professional organizations; 4) health care providers and community health workers; and 5) patient advocacy groups and consumers.

 

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SIAPS Joins EPN in Issuing Call to Action against Antimicrobial Resistance

Delegates at the Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network (EPN) Forum 2016, agreed upon and issued a Call to Action against antimicrobial resistance during the biannual meeting, held 18-21 May 2016, in Tubingen, Germany. EPN, a partner of the USAID-funded SIAPS Program, issued the renewed call to action with support from SIAPS and other partners. The Call to […]

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SIAPS Delivers Plenary Presentation on AMR and UHC at EPN Forum 2016

The EPN Forum 2016, held 18-21 May 2016, in Tubingen, Germany, convened EPN constituents and stakeholders to intensify the network’s focus on major challenges in the pharmaceutical sector, including antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The forum was a chance for stakeholders to exchange ideas, share knowledge and best practices, and chart an effective course of action to […]

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Country and regional level advocacy and coalition-building against antimicrobial resistance

Joshi, M.P.; Andualem, T.; Phulu, B.; Mpundu, M.; Ludman, M. Country and regional level advocacy and coalition-building against antimicrobial resistance. Oral presentation at the 143rd American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo, Chicago, IL, USA.

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Ensuring Access to and Appropriate Use of Medicines for iCCM: It takes a system

Briggs J, Joshi MP, Yeager B, Diarra S. Ensuring access to and appropriate use of medicines for iCCM: It takes a system. Oral presentation at the 143rd American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo, Chicago, IL, USA. November 3, 2015.

 

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August 2015 SIAPS/SCMS/BLC Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Launch of Infection Prevention and Control Manuals, Creating Awareness on Antimicrobial Resistance and Rational Medicine Use
  • Building the Supply Chain Capacity to Extend Health Services to the Community
  • High Employer Satisfaction with Pharmacist Assistants Trained by the NHTC: A Tracer Study Reveals
  • Improving Availability of ARVs at Primary Health Care Facilities in HIV/AIDS-Burdened Regions in Namibia
  • Improving the Supply Chain Efficiency of Medical Depots for the Continuous Availability of ARVs and Other Essential Medicines in Namibia
  • SIAPS Collaborates with Namibia’s Medical School in Building Local Expertise for Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance and Hospital Acquired Infections
  • Sharing Experiences and Lessons to Improve Pharmaceutical Service Delivery
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Fighting AMR in Resource-Limited Settings: Experiences in Swaziland

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens the ability of existing medications to successfully treat common infectious diseases. As microorganisms become resistant to standard treatment, patients remain infectious for longer and increase the risk of spreading the resistant microorganisms. More expensive therapies need to be used for a longer duration to tackle the disease increasing the burden on […]

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