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

The funding for CwPAMS is being provided by the UK Department of Health and Social Care’s Fleming Fund (www.flemingfund.org) as part of a £265 million commitment to support efforts to tackle AMR in low and middle income countries. The fund aims to build capacity in AMR surveillance locally, nationally and globally and to implement systems for evidence-based antimicrobial use. Within this, the partnerships will particularly focus on promoting the rational use of antimicrobials, looking at how they can build capacity for informed antimicrobial prescribing using appropriate protocols, antimicrobial stewardship and surveillance of use – including through participation in the Global Point Prevalence Survey (Global PPS).

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 last Friday 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