Antimicrobial Resistance


AMS feedback to Nyeri county health management team

A Stewardship Program Advances Kenya’s Fight against Antimicrobial Resistance

June 25, 2020

With the support of the USAID MTaPS program, a new mentorship activity has helped health care facilities launch new efforts to ensure the appropriate use of antimicrobials to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR). 

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Training participants after successful completion of the COVID-19 IPC ToT training, May 14, 2020.  Photo credit: Tewodros Fantahun

MTaPS supported COVID-19 infection prevention and control ToT training in Ethiopia

June 12, 2020

The threat of COVID-19 is a global concern for the health of the world population and the economy. As the second most populated country in Africa and a major economic actor, Ethiopia isn’t an exception and is ramping up aggressive measures to combat the pandemic. 

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Hand washing workshop. (Photo credit: Dr. Ange-Fulgence Ouffoue/MTaPS)

Strengthening Infection Prevention and Control in Côte d’Ivoire

May 27, 2020

Hygiene in health facilities plays a critical role for quality care and preventing transmission of diseases. Despite a number of significant achievements in past years in Côte d’Ivoire, an analysis of 30 health facilities in 2018 with the WHO’s Infection Prevention and Control Assessment Framework identified a number of insufficiencies related to hygiene practices. These deficiencies contribute to health care-acquired infections and antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

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A handwashing session during the Kisumu Cluster training

MTaPS Expands Trainings to Contain the Spread of COVID-19 in Kenya

May 13, 2020

Since March 18, 2020, the USAID Medicines, Technologies, and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS) Program has been collaborating with the Kenyan Ministry of Health (MoH) to roll out a series of training-of-trainers (ToT) courses to help the government contain and manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A pharmacist is looking a the camera while writing

MTaPS Supporting USAID to Contain the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 30, 2020

The USAID MTaPS Program is on the frontlines supporting USAID’s efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus in high-risk countries. The program’s mandate includes advancing the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and is, therefore, well equipped to respond to global public health emergencies such as the current outbreak. 

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Group photo during workshops

Taking the latest IPC approaches to pre-service learners in Tanzania

March 10, 2020

MTaPS collaborated with Tanzania’s Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC) to organize the training and dissemination of new infection prevention and control (IPC) procedures and materials for instructors of pre-service curricula from a number of colleges. The two-session training in February covered IPC guidelines released in late 2018.  

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Participants to the training workshop

Building the skills of health workers for stronger IPC capacity in Mali

March 9, 2020

MTaPS collaborated with the direction générale de la Santé to organize a capacity-building workshop, which was held February 24–28, to strengthen the skills of the groupe de coordination multisectorielle national de la lutte contre la résistance aux antimicrobiens, including regional offices (directions régionales de la Santé), in Bamako, Mali. The objective of this five-day workshop was to develop a training package that can be adapted to eLearning. 

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Photo credits: Dr Yohannes Demissie, Senior Technical Advisor, MTaPS

Media in Ethiopia Sensitized on AMR

February 5, 2020

MTaPS, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Ethiopia, organized a workshop on November 9, 2019, at Bishoftu town (Oromia region) to orient media professionals on AMR-related issues in the country, including prevention and containment measures. Fifty-two professionals representing public and private electronic media, as well as staff of the Public Relations and Communication Directorate of the MOH in charge of health communication, attended. Media professionals learned about ways to raise public awareness using media outlets.

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Workshop participants, including MTaPS representatives Comfort Ogar and Andy Stergachis.

MTaPS joins workshop with national medicines regulatory authorities in the Western Pacific

February 5, 2020

Representatives from nineteen countries in the Western Pacific gathered in Tokyo in August for the Eighth Workshop of National Authorities for Medical Products, also known as the Regional Alliance. The workshop was themed, “Working together to safeguard public health through regulatory partnership on the quality, safety, effectiveness of medical products in the Western Pacific Region.”

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