UK and Zambian Pharmacists Working Together: Improving Antimicrobial Stewardship and Pharmaceutical Education

Aubrey Kalungia, Anja St Clair Jones, Samantha Lippett, Claire May

Research output: Other contribution

Abstract

Background: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) - global health threat driven by the misuse of antibiotics, requires pharmacy-led
Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) strategies.
Purpose: Establish health partnership led by pharmacists aimed at improving AMS practice and education in Zambia.
Methods: In 2016, UK (Brighton) and Zambian (Lusaka) pharmacists established partnership through the Brighton-Lusaka Health Link (BLHL)1. Through reciprocal scoping visits, areas for collaboration identified: (i) strengthen AMS in Zambia (ii) secure grants to facilitate targeted AMS strategies (iii) support pharmaceutical education (iv) generate scholarly publications.
Results: 1. Commonwealth Partnership for Antimicrobial Stewardship (CwPAMS) grant award supported by Fleming Fund
and THET2 2. Integration of AMS in Zambia’s undergraduate pharmacy curriculum
3. Joint supervision of BSMS MSc students and co-authored 4 publications accepted
1. Award of the Commonwealth Partnership for Antimicrobial Stewardship (CwPAMS) grant supported by Fleming Fund
and THET. This work is underway conducted by BLHL at University Teaching Hospitals, Lusaka.
2. Integration of AMS in Zambia’s undergraduate pharmacy curriculum. Successfully developed, piloted, and integrated an
AMS module for undergraduate pharmacy students at University of Zambia.
3. Joint supervision of MSc students and publications. Successful co-supervision of BSMS MSc students’ research projects
conducted in Zambia, co-authored 4 publications accepted in peer-reviewed journals.
Conclusion: BLHL initiative demonstrated benefits of establishing sustainable pharmacist-led partnerships, and established a strong
foundation for future programmatic work to improve AMS practice and education in Zambia.
References: 1. Brighton-Lusaka Health Link. https://blhlink.org.uk
2. THET. Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewarship Scheme. https://www.thet.org/our-work/grants/cwpams/
Original languageEnglish
TypePoster presentation at FIP
Media of outputPoster
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019

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