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Meet the new Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewardship grantees

29 March 2023


The Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) and the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA) are delighted to announce 24 new grantees across eight countries as part of the Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewardship (CwPAMS) 2 programme. 

Funded by the Department of Health and Social Care’s Fleming Fund, CwPAMS is leveraging the expertise of UK health institutions and technical experts to strengthen the capacity of the health workforce and institutions in Commonwealth countries to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR) challenges, as well as creating opportunities for bidirectional learning.   

Meet the CwPAMS 2 grantees!   

Today we’re announcing grantees CwPAMS 2 projects are focusing on:  

  • Improving antimicrobial stewardship (AMS), including surveillance 
  • Building antimicrobial pharmacy expertise and capacity 
  • Enhancing infection prevention and control (IPC)  
  • Improving the use of clinical microbiology and antimicrobial prescribing data to inform clinical decisions 
  • Enhancing the detection and reporting of substandard and falsified antimicrobial medicines; 
  • Supporting community pharmacy. 

Grants will start in April 2023, running until December 2024. Projects are being carried out by both new and existing health partnerships between the UK, operating across Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. 

The following partnerships have been successful in receiving grants: 

  • Kakamega Cambridge Health Partnership – Kakamega County Centre of Excellence in Antimicrobial Stewardship
    (Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Kakamega County General Teaching and Referral Hospital, Masinde Muliro of Science and Technology, School of Medicine) 
  • Strengthening Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) through improving surveillance and building sustainable capacity and capability in LEKMA Hospital as a centre of excellence for possible roll out
    (UK Faculty of Public Health (FPH) – Africa Special Interest Group (SIG), Ghana Public Health Association, Lekma Hospital) 
  • Kampala Cambridge – Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention Control
    (Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Makerere University Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Cambridge Global Health Partnerships) 
  • Utilising the NHCT – Tanzania AMS network to strengthen AMS activity and introduce clinical pharmacy in Tanzanian healthcare organisations and communities 
    (Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, North Tyneside General Hospital) 
  • Malawi/Wales Pharmacy Antimicrobial Stewardship Project
    (Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Pharmaceutical Society of Malawi) 
  • Centre of Excellence on antimicrobial stewardship in Central Uganda
    (Nottingham Trent University, Makerere University School of Public Health, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust) 
  • Strengthening Pharmacy Leadership for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Sierra Leone
    (King’s Global Health Partnerships, Connaught Hospital) 
  • Enhancing Capacities of Healthcare Professionals in the Volta Region of Ghana in the Practice of Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) Programmes: A Hub and Spoke Model
    (University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, Ho Teaching Hospital (HTH)) 
  • Supporting the development of an antimicrobial stewardship network to share learning and build capacity in antimicrobial stewardship in Ghana
    (Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Keta Municipal Hospital, Ghana Police Hospital) 
  • One Health: Bridging the gap in AMR through capacity building antimicrobial stewardship in secondary, primary care and one health in Northern Kenya
    (University Hospitals Bristol and Weston, Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital, University of Plymouth) 
  • Strengthening AMS at Ndola Teaching Hospital 
    (King’s Global Health Partnerships, Ndola Teaching Hospital) 
  • Strengthening capacity of Antimicrobial Stewardship teams to prevent Antimicrobial Resistance in Gulu Regional Referral and lower level hospital in Northern Uganda
    (Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, Gulu City Local Government) 
  • Integrated Antimicrobial Stewardship, Infection Prevention and Control and Microbiology Services (iAIMS) at Lira Regional Referral Hospital and University Hospitals Dorset 
    (University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust, Lira Regional Referral Hospital) 
  • Sustaining Antimicrobial Stewardship in Lagos University Teaching Hospital and institutionalising it at the National Orthopaedic Hospital Lagos, Nigeria 
    (UK Faculty of Public Health (FPH), College of Medicine of the University of Lagos (CMUL), LAGOS UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL (LUTH) 
  • Establishing AMS Coverage to District and Community Level Through the Hub and Spoke Method: A Collaborative, Systematic Approach to Improving Patient Outcomes for Eastern Province, Zambia 
    (NHS HIGHLAND Scotland, Chipata Central Hospital (CCH) 
  • Strengthening pharmacists’ attitude, communication and leadership skills on antimicrobial resistance to effectively engage with other healthcare providers in the development, reviving, execution and sustainability of antimicrobial stewardship at tertiary hospitals in Tanzania 
    (Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy (VHK) NHS Fife Scotland, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Mwananyamala Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH) 
  • Tele-stewardship: An innovative approach to the establishment of antimicrobial stewardship programmes in Nairobi and Kisii counties in Kenya 
    (School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham, East Central and Southern Africa Health Community, Mbagathi Hospital) 
  • Creation of a new health partnership between Kitale County Referral Hospital and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to devleop and strengthen AMS interventions at Kitale County Referral Hospital 
    (Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Kitale County Referral Hospital) 
  • Ibadan-Sheffield AMS Partnership 
    (Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, England, UK, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria) 
  • Strengthening antimicrobial stewardship through a nurse-led program in Mukono District Hospital, Uganda 
    (Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH), Mukono District Hospital) 
  • Building an effective Antimicrobial Stewardship Program in Babcock University Teaching Hospital (BUTH) 
    (Mid and South Essex University Hospitals NHS Trust, England (MSE Trust), Department of Medical Microbiology, Babcock University Teaching Hospital) 
  • Systems strengthening for improving antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) in University of Calabar Teaching Hospital Nigeria
    (Faculty of Public Health, United Kingdom, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria) 
  • OKSAMS (Oxford and Kilifi Strengthening Antimicrobial Stewardship) Project 
    (Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Kilifi County Referral Hospital) 
  • Strengthen AMS activities and establish a hub for quality control of antimicrobial medications at University Of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Ituku Ozalla, Enugu State In Nigeria 

Learn more about previous CwPAMS grants

Running since 2018, previous CwPAMS grants have focused on improving AMS, developing pharmacy expertise and capacity, and supporting IPC initiatives. The new phase of the programme includes additional focus areas and builds on the successes of the partnerships to date, encouraging sustainability through the development of in-country centres of excellence and sharing of best practices.  


CwPAMS is funded by the UK Department of Health and Social Care’s Fleming Fund. The Fleming Fund is a UK aid programme supporting up to 25 countries across Africa and Asia to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR), a leading public health threat across the world. The Fleming Fund invests in strengthening surveillance systems through a portfolio of country grants, regional grants and fellowships managed by Mott MacDonald, and global projects managed by partners.

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1 Comment

  • Gideon
    04 Jun 2023 22:21
    Thank you THET for supporting these partnerships schemes

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