Online course in Healthcare & Medicine

Antimicrobial Stewardship for Africa

Improve your knowledge of the spread of antimicrobial resistance in Africa and how to reduce it.

Antimicrobial Stewardship for Africa

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours

Learn how to tackle antimicrobial resistance in Africa

Communicable diseases remain to be a leading cause of death in African countries (WHO). This course will look at the threat of antimicrobial resistance in Africa and how best to tackle it.

You’ll explore the burden of antimicrobial resistance in Africa and the importance of microbiology investigations in antibiotic therapy.

You’ll learn about antibiotic misuse and overuse as a driver of antimicrobial resistance and how to develop antibiotic guidelines.

Finally, you’ll evaluate the strategies that have been implemented in African hospitals and make more effective use of antimicrobials.

What topics will you cover?

  • The global versus African burden of resistance, importance of microbiology investigations before or during antibiotic therapy
  • Antibiotic misuse and overuse as a driver of antimicrobial resistance
  • Strengthening the ICAN network to support stewardship and infection prevention
  • Basic interventions /tools to support stewardship
  • How to develop antibiotic guidelines and policies
  • Incorporating antimicrobial stewardship into hospital infection control programs
  • Using Education and feedback to change behaviour for antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention and control

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of using the strategies, tools and interventions in AMS that have been implemented in African hospitals
  • Investigate the use of laboratory support and measurement, where available, to improve antimicrobial prescribing.
  • Explore how to improve prescribing without laboratory diagnostics.
  • Evaluate the influence of cultural issues on prescribing habits and the value of behaviour change science in successful antimicrobial stewardship.
  • Assess the value of networks, such as ICAN, to support stewardship and infection prevention.
  • Develop antibiotic guidelines and policies to suit your practice and location.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for healthcare professionals and policymakers involved in the prevention, treatment and management of infectious diseases.

Who will you learn with?

Oyinlola Oduyebo

Oyinlola Oduyebo

Professor of Clinical Microbiology, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Honorary consultant to the Teaching Hospital, Chairman antimicrobial stewardship and infection control programs

Iretiola Fajolu

Iretiola Fajolu

Dr Iretiola Fajolu is a Senior Lecturer at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos and Consultant Paediatrician at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital. She heads the ASC in her department.

Chioma  Stella Osuagwu

Chioma Stella Osuagwu

I am a consultant Clinical Microbiologist and a lecturer in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology College of Medicine, University of Lagos/ Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

Philip Oshun

Philip Oshun

Clinical Microbiologist, Infection Control Practitioner MBChB, MPH MSc, FMCPath

Who developed the course?


Founded in 1971, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy exists to facilitate the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in the field of antimicrobial chemotherapy.

Infection Control Africa Network (ICAN)

Our vision is an African continent where safe patient care is ensured for all with the implementation of strong infection control programmes.

College of Medicine University of Lagos (CMUL)

A world-class research intensive medical school, delivering teaching and facilitating learning of the highest quality, and playing a leading role in health and economic development of Nigeria.