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Low hanging fruit - an example from South Africa

Some ideas of when and where to start – the low hanging fruit

As in the example from Nigeria, in South Africa resources and staff are limited.

There aren’t enough infectious disease resources or microbiologists in all hospitals. There aren’t Infectious Disease pharmacists or clinical pharmacists in every hospital

In this video Dr Adrian Brink explains how they used existing resources to embed an initial, basic , sustainable stewardship programme in 47 rural and urban hospitals that participated in their programme.

This video is taken from “Antimicrobial Stewardship: Managing Antibiotic Resistance” a 6-week course developed by BSAC and the University of Dundee, Scotland.

Driver diagram. 'Project manager and specialist antibiotic stewardship support'.Click to enlarge

After you have watched the video:

  1. Reflect on how the Nigerian and South African AMS programs started and consider if it could work in your location

  2. Identify possible starting points in your own setting

Please view the full article mentioned in the video here.

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