Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewardship established

The Department of Health and Social Care‘s Fleming Fund is to work through the NHS to fight antimicrobial resistance together with Commonwealth partners.

Up to twelve volunteer pharmacists and specialists nurses will benefit from the fund to travel to Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. There, they will work with local teams in:

  • “improving the detection and monitoring of resistant infections at hospital level
  • taking measures to reduce infection
  • putting steps in place to use antibiotics effectively”

Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Dame Sally Davies, said:

“I am delighted that UK aid – provided through the government’s Fleming Fund – will enable these vital partnerships between our fantastic NHS staff and their counterparts overseas to take place.

“AMR poses a risk to us all, wherever we call home – collaboration of this kind with our friends and neighbours internationally will be all the more important if we are to tackle this challenge together.

“This scheme will play a crucial role in allowing specialists to share expertise and strengthen approaches to antimicrobial stewardship in hospitals both at home and abroad.”


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Published 1. October 2018 in News, News UK