WHO issues toolkit for stewardship programs in low-resource countriesThe World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday published a roadmap for implementing antimicrobial stewardship programs in healthcare facilities in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).The WHO toolkit provides guidance on the core elements and structures that need to be in place at the national and facility level in low-resource countries to establish and support antimicrobial stewardship, along with detailed recommendations on how to plan, perform, and assess stewardship interventions. It also provides an overview of the core competencies that an antimicrobial stewardship team needs to facilitate more responsible antibiotic prescribing, and the education and training required to develop those competencies.The aim of the toolkit, according to Hanan Balkhy, MD, the WHO’s assistant director-general for antimicrobial resistance (AMR), is to offer practical guidance to LMICs to support objective 4 of the Global Action Plan on AMR—optimizing the use of antimicrobial medicines.”It is my sincerest hope that this toolkit will be helpful to countries in implementing their national action plans on AMR, in particular in optimizing their use of antibiotics,” Balkhy writes in the foreword. “Time is running out, but we still have a window of opportunity to turn the tide on AMR and ensure continued effective treatment of bacterial infections for future generations. Let us act now.”Oct 21 WHO toolkit for stewardship in LMICs G20 health ministers reaffirm commitment to urgent action on AMRIn a statement issued after their recent meeting in Japan, health officials from 19 countries and the European Union have reaffirmed their commitment to take urgent action to address AMR.The Okayama Declaration, released following the Oct 19-20 meeting of G20 Health Ministers in Okayama, Japan, contains several commitments to address major health issues, which have been a focus of the group since 2017. In addition to AMR, the document reaffirms commitments to universal health coverage, active and healthy aging, and strengthening health systems against infectious disease outbreaks and other global health threats.On AMR, the ministers say they will strengthen efforts to fund, implement, monitor, and update national and regional AMR action plans; enhance implementation of measures to provide clean water, sanitation, vaccination, and hygiene to improve infection control; promote antimicrobial stewardship and appropriate access to antimicrobials and diagnostics; encourage countries to strengthen AMR surveillance; and encourage investment in research and development of new antibiotics, diagnostics, and vaccines.The document also acknowledges the need for a coordinated approach to addressing AMR and universal health coverage in order to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Oct 20 Okayama Declaration FDA details progress made in veterinary antimicrobial stewardshipYesterday the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made public performance measures for tracking the progress of the Center of Veterinary Medicine’s (CVM’s) Five-Year Plan for Supporting Antimicrobial Stewardship in Veterinary Settings, the FDA said in an update. The information is contained in FDA-TRACK, which monitors progress on FDA projects. The CVM 5-year plan contains three goals:Align antimicrobial drug product use with the principles of antimicrobial stewardshipFoster stewardship of antimicrobials in veterinary settingsEnhance monitoring of AMR and antimicrobial use in animalsThe new performance measures pertain to the first goal and include implementing Guidance for Industry #213, which brings 292 medically important antimicrobials under veterinary oversight, defining the duration of use for 70% of medically important antimicrobial drugs used in food animals, assessing antimicrobial risk, and updating the list of medically important antimicrobials. Performance measures for the other two goals will be made available in the coming year, the FDA said. Oct 21 FDA update FDA-TRACK progress report
Share 59 Views no discussions EducationNewsRegionalTertiary UWI appealing for funds as government contributions dip by: Caribbean 360 – May 30, 2016 Share Share Tweet UWI VICE CHANCELLOR PROFESSOR SIR HILARY BECKLES SAYS THAT ALTHOUGH REGIONAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE PLAYED THEIR PART IN EMPOWERING THE INSTITUTION OVER THE YEARS, MANY ARE NOW URGING THE UNIVERSITY TO REDUCE ITS DEPENDENCE ON THE PUBLIC PURSE.BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday May 30, 2016 (Caribbean 360) – The University of the West Indies (UWI) has launched an appeal for financial support from alumni, friends and donor agencies, as well as the private and public sectors across the region.Scheduled to run from August 1 to 7 under the theme “Emancipate, Educate, Donate”, the UWI Global Giving Week marks the beginning of a tradition that will see graduates making an annual contribution to their alma mater, according to the university.At the launch, Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, said that although regional governments have played their part in empowering the institution over the years, many are now urging the university to reduce its dependence on the public purse.The university’s finance committee shows that the contribution from regional governments has dropped significantly from 80 percent of the total operational budget 15 to 20 years ago, to 45 percent today, Sir Hilary disclosed.He added that there has not been a systematic approach “to reach out to those we have created and those who we have empowered and those who have done very well in this region and in the world beyond.“This giving week, then, is an attempt to say to our graduates all over the region and the world, to friends of higher education, to friends of the cause of research, public policy formulation, promotion of entrepreneurship, all of those who do believe not only in the empowerment of young people through education, but those who are committed to the further development of this region, to come to the aid of your university at this stage,” he said.Speaking in support of the campaign, former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur, who is also a former UWI student and lecturer, said that investment in the university is needed now more than at any other time in the Caribbean’s history.“We are about to live in a new global society, a new global economy where conventional factors of material production, land, labour, capital are yielding to the new imperative of technology, knowledge and entrepreneurship.“The new economy, the new society, will be a learning society and it behoves us to be able to act today to make sure that our university and our society cease to function in the 20th century and come fully into the new society that is to be the 21st. The governments alone cannot do it,” Arthur said.The former prime minister cautioned that the Caribbean is destined to fail in the absence of determination and resolve to convert the region into a new learning society and economy. Sharing is caring!