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Commonwealth Partnership for Antimicrobial Stewardship – Partnerships announced!

11 February 2019


THET is pleased to announce that twelve successful health partnerships have been awarded funding through the Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewardship Scheme (CwPAMS), working to tackle the growing challenge of antimicrobial resistance in Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, running from February 2019 to April 2020.

The scheme is funded by the UK Department for Health and Social Care’s Fleming Fund and managed by THET and the Commonwealth Pharmacists’ Association. The Fleming Fund is a UK aid programme, helping low- and middle-income countries tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Its aim is to improve the surveillance of AMR and generate relevant data that is shared locally, nationally and globally.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a growing threat and occurs when microorganisms survive exposure to a medicine, such as antibiotics, antimalarials or antivirals that would normally kill them. Our misuse and overuse of antibiotics are largely accelerating this global problem.

Undertaking regular short-term visits, the partnerships will leverage the expertise of UK health institutions and technical experts to strengthen the capacity of the national health workforce and institutions to address predefined AMR challenges.

The following partnerships have been awarded grants:

Ghana (5 projects)

  • Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust – The Assemblies of God Hospital, Saboba
  • UK Faculty of Public Health (FPH) – Ghana Public Health Association (GPHA)
  • North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, London (NMUH) – Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH)
  • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Ho
  • Healthcare Improvement Scotland – Ghana Police Hospital and Keta Municipal Hospital

Tanzania (1 project)

  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC)

Uganda (5 projects)

  • G Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Makerere University and Mulago National Referral and Teaching Hospital
  • University of Salford – Pharmaceutical Society of Uganda
  • The University of Manchester            – Gulu Regional Referral Hospital
  • Nottingham Trent University – Makerere University School of Public Health
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) – Makerere University College of Health Sciences and Infectious Diseases Research Collaboration (IDRC)

Zambia (1 project)

  • University of Sussex; Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) – University Teaching Hospital (UTH), Lusaka

The quality of all the proposals received was extremely high and the selected NHS teams will make a great impact working in partnership with teams on stewardship practices across Africa. The UK has a lot to share in antimicrobial stewardship and it’s encouraging to see such an interest in sharing learning between the NHS and the partner countries.

Professor Keith Ridge - England’s Chief Pharmaceutical Officer

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