CwPAMS 1.5 Malawi-Wales Partnership
The partnership focused on training pharmacists as antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) leads in Malawi
Lead partners of the CwPAMS 1.5 Malawi-Wales Partnership consisted of:
Pharmaceutical Society of Malawi (PHASOM)
Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH)
Mzuzu Central Hospital (MCH), and
Welsh Antimicrobial Pharmacy Group; and
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in Wales (BCUHB)
The partnership focused on training pharmacists as antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) leads in Malawi.
PHASOM and WAPG agreed to develop a Health Partnership with the aim of fostering cooperation and the exchange of knowledge and skills in the areas of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Volunteers from UK and Malawi worked on this project with assistance from a project manager, the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) and Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA) in-country consultant.
Work carried out contributed to the National Action Plan (NAP) Strategic Key 1 on improving awareness and understanding of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) through effective communication, education and training.
Achievements included Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) Leads trained on Key Performance Indicator (KPI) development, collection of baseline data using the Global Point Prevalence Survey platform, development of a clinical AMS toolkit, installation of TV screens in the two hospitals for dissemination of awareness videos and 120 health workers trained in sessions conducted by lead pharmacists.
There was positive feedback from participants on the relevance of the training and toolkit. The partnership was also highly commended in the Best New Partnership Category at the Hub Cymru Africa Partnership Awards
Future plans include:
- Dissemination of results at a National AMR Conference
- Publication of outcomes to contribute to the Malawi-specific evidence base
- Extend the project to other referral hospitals
- Use a hub and spoke model to reach out to district hospitals
- Have professional bodies validate training material for participants to earn CPD points
- Meet the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Wales to discuss wider professional collaboration between the two countries
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