Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewardship

Working together to tackle antimicrobial resistance in the Commonwealth

We are very excited to announce the UK Department of Health and Social Care’s Fleming Fund will support 12 selected health partnerships’ between multidisciplinary NHS teams in the UK and their counterparts in Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia to support antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) initiatives to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

“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.”

– Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Keith Ridge

Partnerships awarded grants

Ghana
  • 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
  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC)
Uganda
  • 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
  • University of Sussex; Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) – University Teaching Hospital (UTH), Lusaka

About CwPAMS

CwPAMS (Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewardship) is a health partnership programme funded by the UK aid Fleming Fund to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR) globally. CwPAMS is managed by the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA) and the Tropical Health Education Trust (THET), an international NGO with expertise in delivering global health partnerships.

CwPAMS supports partnerships between the UK NHS and academic institutions and institutions in Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia to work together on AMS initiatives. It aims to enhance implementation of protocols and evidenced based decision making to support antimicrobial prescribing, as well as capacity for antimicrobial use surveillance. Further information about CwPAMS is available via https://commonwealthpharmacy.org/commonwealth-partnerships-for-antimicrobial-stewardship/.

The Fleming Fund is a £265 million UK aid investment to tackle antimicrobial resistance by supporting low- and middle-income countries to generate, use and share data on AMR. The programme is managed by the UK Department of Health and Social Care.

CwPAMS has sparked shared excitement within CPA and with UK’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dame Sally Davies who was speaking at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Winter Summit 2019 and recalled the impact her time volunteering with THET had on her practice in the UK and supporting health systems in LMICs.

From left to right Samrina Bhatti – selected CwPAMS volunteer, Philip Howard – BSAC President, Dame Sally Davies – Chief Medical Officer and CPA team members Chloe Tuck, Sarah Cavanagh, and Diane Ashiru-Oredope.

For more information about CwPAMS and how you can support this and other projects by the CPA email: amr@commonwealthpharmacy.org