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Diagnostics for AMR: Building Back Better from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Gain insight into the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how innovations can be used to leverage AMR diagnostics.

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What lessons can the antimicrobial (AMR) response take from COVID-19 events?

As the world continues to deal with COVID-19, its impact on other public health issues must also be considered. This three-week course provides valuable insight into how COVID-19 affected different countries’ One Health efforts in general, and their antimicrobial resistance responses in particular.

Unpack COVID-19’s impact on AMR diagnostics

The course starts with a close examination of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on One Health projects and delivery in different countries, and on AMR stewardship and responses.

With a clear understanding of the effects, you’ll be able to explore the lessons and benefits that the responses to the COVID-19 pandemic (and the pandemic itself) hold for AMR research and action plans.

See what AMR and One Health can take from COVID-19 events

The importance of quality and informatics for AMR diagnostics, AMR data sharing, and overall collaboration within the public health sector will all be emphasised on the course.

You’ll also learn more about the diagnostic technology innovations and diagnostic capacity increases that developed in response to COVID-19, and how they can be applied to the AMR response.

Ultimately, you’ll gain new appreciation for the need for continuous learning, professional development, and information sharing in the fight against AMR by the end of the course.

Learn at the cutting edge of AMR research with LSHTM

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is ideally suited to present this course on AMR diagnostics, surveillance, reporting, and responding.

Besides having a proven record for launching excellent online courses with Becton Dickinson and Company (their partner in this course), the LSHTM is a recognised leader in global and public health.


  • Week 1

    Updates on the AMR response and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

    • Introduction

      Week 1 introduces updates on the AMR response and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on AMR programmes, including novel diagnostic technologies that were developed for the COVID-19 pandemic and can be leveraged for AMR.

    • Review of AMR progress since 2013

      This activity covers the progress made in the fight against AMR since the WHO call for action as reported through numerous reviews and reports. Learners will also have an opportunity to share progress in their country.

    • Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on AMR programmes

      In this activity, the impact of COVID-19 on hospitals, patients and healthcare professionals is shared through case studies and interviews with global experts sharing their own country experiences.

    • Novel diagnostic technologies developed for the COVID-19 pandemic

      This activity presents a detailed review of the characteristics and use cases of diagnostic technological innovations now made available for enhanced testing capacity and surveillance.

    • Summary of Week 1

      In this activity, the faculty provides a summary of week 1 and learners have an opportunity to test their knowledge.

  • Week 2

    Better diagnosis, surveillance and reporting for AMR

    • Introduction to Week 2

      Week 2 updates on resistance trends in pathogens causing common clinical syndromes, technologies developed for AMR and how clinicians can have access to data to improve patient care and conserve antibiotics for future generations

    • Clinical Case Study

      This activity covers clinical cases through updates on GLASS reports, partner videos and lessons from key experts. We have also included a discussion form as an opportunity for faculty to engage with the learners.

    • Update on Management of Common Clinical Syndromes

      This activity covers updates on management of clinical syndromes and the latest techniques for diagnosis. A key focus is how to get AMR data to clinicians to improve patient care and conserve antibiotics for future generations.  

    • AMR Technology Update

      This activity explores how we can leverage COVID-19 advances in technology to detect AMR pathogens and resistance. A discussion forum asks learners on the capacity to perform resistance testing in their country.

    • Summary of Week 2

      In this activity, the faculty provides a summary of week 2 and learners have an opportunity to test their knowledge.

  • Week 3

    Building back better for a robust and sustainable AMR response

    • Introduction to Week 3

      Week 3 looks at how to leverage the new technologies, and the numerous initiatives and systems established during COVID-19 to build back a better and more sustainable AMR response.

    • Lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic to leverage for AMR

      In this activity we hear from our faculty from around the world on how we can leverage lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic to build stronger AMR country programmes and resilient healthcare systems.

    • Building quality laboratory systems for AMR

      This activity reviews laboratory quality systems central to quality testing. We will also provide a new culture of online continuous learning to build healthcare professional capacity in low- and middle-income countries.

    • Building data systems and data as a Public Good

      In this activity, data experts speak to the advances in data systems for COVID-19 to be leveraged for AMR surveillance reporting. Then a discussion with learners further explores these opportunities in countries.

    • Partnerships for AMR

      In this activity we hear from countries that are building more resilient healthcare systems after COVID-19 and including AMR in the agenda. Learners will have an opportunity to share their perspectives.

    • Summary

      In this activity, the faculty provides a summary of week 3 and learners have an opportunity to test their knowledge.

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Reflect on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on AMR stewardship and One health in countries. 
  • Identify innovations and increased diagnostic capacity in countries during the COVID-19 pandemic for a more robust and effective response to AMR.
  • Explore partnerships in building strong laboratory systems and enabling environments for a more robust AMR response.

Who is the course for?

This insightful course from the LSHTM is designed for anyone interested in the public health aspects of AMR control, including policy and decision-makers and healthcare professionals, students, and educators.

Who will you learn with?

Research fellow and Dr.PH candidate at LSHTM and IDC Africa Director, with expertise in infectious disease diagnostics, translating evidence into policy, and global health leadership.

I am Professor and Chair of Diagnostics Research, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Director, International Diagnostics Centre. I advocate the value of diagnostics in global health.

Who developed the course?

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world leader in research and postgraduate education in public and global health. Its mission is to improve health and health equity worldwide.


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