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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsHello, everyone. My name is Dilip Nathwani. I'm a physician and lead educator and past president of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. I am absolutely delighted to introduce you to this Massive Open Online Course, so-called MOOC, on antimicrobial stewardship aimed at health care professionals working in the Gulf, Middle East, and North Africa. This MOOC really represents a build of our success with the global MOOC on antimicrobial stewardship, which has been running since 2015. More than 70,000 delegates participating from more than 163 countries have taken part in this MOOC, now available in five different languages.

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 secondsI'm really pleased to introduce this particular course from the Gulf, which has been developed by colleagues across the Middle East in collaboration with BSAC as well as our partner, FutureLearn. It really represents an important part of BSAC's resource that is free at the point of access and relevant to real-world health care practise. It is made by a wonderful faculty of clinicians from the Gulf, the Middle East, and North Africa, and it is for use for every health care professional in the region. I sincerely hope that it helps and is relevant to your practise. And may I take this opportunity to wish you the very best of luck with this course. Thank you, and please enjoy the course.

Welcome to the Course

In this video, Professor Dilip Nathwani OBE welcomes you to the course.

As a practising infectious diseases physician, Professor Nathwani has a key interest in antimicrobial stewardship and is recognised as a global leader in this field. The course has been created in collaboration with The British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has become a global problem.

The damaging effects of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) are already manifesting themselves across the world. Antimicrobial-resistant infections currently claim at least 50,000 lives each year across Europe and the US alone, with many hundreds of thousands more dying in other areas of the world.

So what’s coming up in future weeks?

Week 1 - This week we will be taking a close look at antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial resistance action plans in the Gulf, Middle East and North Africa and common barriers to stewardship often found in the region.

Week 2 - In this week our focus turns to the role of measurement of antibiotic use and how it can support improved prescribing. We will discuss antimicrobial stewardship (AMS), key elements of an antimicrobial stewardship programme (ASP) and different interventions you can put in place.

Week 3 - This week we will focus on the practical side of utilising an antimicrobial stewardship programme. We will share examples of investigating an outbreak, training and implementing good stewardship practices in a variety of hospital departments.

To prepare for the learning in the weeks ahead, please download the glossary, which can be found in the downloads section below. This will provide definitions for any technical terms you may be unfamiliar with, and assist your understanding of the course content.

Your learning

Your key learning will come from participating in the course activities, sharing your experiences and engaging in discussions with your fellow learners. We encourage you to interact with fellow learners through replying to comments and ‘liking’ those you agree with.

We hope you will develop “communities of practice” in your local area and spread good practice about antimicrobial stewardship by starting conversations with your colleagues to stimulate their interest in this important topic.

We value your input and would encourage you to let us know about any suggestions relating to the course in the comments.

Membership to the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) is free and a great way to keep up-to-date with antimicrobial resistance and stewardship practices.


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Antimicrobial Stewardship for the Gulf, Middle East and North Africa