NHS to partner with commonwealth nations to stop superbugs

02 October 2018

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Volunteer NHS clinical staff are to work alongside local health workers in Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The new Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) scheme is funded by the UK Department of Health and Social Care’s Fleming Fund.

The scheme will send up to 12 volunteer NHS pharmacists and specialist nurses to work with local health workers against AMR in these counties. It will see NHS and national teams work together to help to keep antibiotics working better for longer and stop the emergence of superbugs. They will do this by:

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

It will be delivered in collaboration with the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA) and the Tropical Health Education Trust.

Source: UK Government, 27 September 2018