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Course Overview

Communicable diseases remain to be a leading cause of death in African countries (WHO). This course will look at the threat of antimicrobial resistance in Africa and how best to tackle it. You’ll explore the burden of antimicrobial resistance in Africa and the importance of microbiology investigations in antibiotic therapy.

You’ll learn about antibiotic misuse and overuse as a driver of antimicrobial resistance and how to develop antibiotic guidelines. Finally, you’ll evaluate the strategies that have been implemented in African hospitals and make more effective use of antimicrobials.

  • Principles of antimicrobial resistance and its causes
  • Principles of good antimicrobial prescribing
  • “Doing” antimicrobial stewardship

This course is designed for healthcare professionals and policymakers involved in the prevention, treatment and management of infectious diseases.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of using the strategies, tools and interventions in AMS that have been implemented in African hospitals
  • Investigate the use of laboratory support and measurement, where available, to improve antimicrobial prescribing
  • Explore how to improve prescribing without laboratory diagnostics
  • Evaluate the influence of cultural issues on prescribing habits and the value of behaviour change science in successful antimicrobial stewardship
  • Assess the value of networks, such as ICAN, to support stewardship and infection prevention
  • Develop antibiotic guidelines and policies to suit your practice and location