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.”