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Launch of DRIVE-AMS

On the 1st of November 2022, Radboud University Medical Centre (Radboudumc) and University of Antwerp joined forces to launch DRIVE-AMS, a new project funded under the EU4Health Programme. This project aims to intensify antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programmes across the European Union by improving prudent antimicrobial use (AMU) and strengthening AMU surveillance, which are both key priorities of the EU One Health Action Plan on AMR.

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Global-PPS celebrates WAAW 2022

Every year from 18 until 24 November the World of Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) takes place. It is a global campaign to improve awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and encourages best practices among the public, One Health stakeholders, and policymakers. They all play a critical role in reducing the further emergence and spread of AMR.

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Interview with Doctor Anthony Enimil

Doctor Anthony Enimil is a Paediatric Infectious Disease Specialist, based in the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Ghana. He is also a member of the Hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee. In this interview, Anthony shares his experience with Global-PPS, the advantages of the study and some future challenges.

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Antibiogo: a revolutionary application developed by Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders will soon deploy its innovative Antibiogo application in several of its laboratories in Mali, Jordan, Yemen and the Central African Republic. This free, open source and offline downloadable Android application will contribute to an increase of information technology to support antimicrobial prescribing in low-and middle-income countries (LMIC).

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A success story of Global-PPS in the Philippines

We interviewed Mari Rose De los Reyes, an infectious disease specialist at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Manila, the Philippines. Mari Rose coordinates the national Global-PPS in the country. This network has grown from 16 initial sites to 80 sites all over the Philippines.

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2021 Global-PPS results in Russia

In May 2022, the Russian network of hospitals within the Global-PPS project published a new paper in the Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease journal. The goal of the study was to evaluate prescribing patterns of antimicrobials in COVID-19 patients in several Russian multi-field hospitals, and to quantify the prescribing in relation to quality indicators.

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Global-PPS at ECCMID 2022

At the 32st edition of the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), the Global-PPS team from the University of Antwerp and participants from Georgia, Montenegro, and the Philippines present their latest Global-PPS results. This year, ECCMID will take place for the first time as a hybrid event both online and on-site in Lisbon, Portugal on 23 – 26 April 2022.

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Evaluating the Global Point Prevalence Survey of antimicrobial consumption and resistance in 47 Canadian hospitals

On December 21, 2021, a network of Canadian hospitals published a paper in CMAJ Open, reporting on their Global-PPS results. This study describes antimicrobial use (AMU) based on detailed patient-level data in Canadian hospitals in 2018 in terms of antimicrobial prevalence, indications and agent selection in adult and paediatric medical, surgical and intensive care wards.

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Testimonial from the Democratic Republic Congo

For a long time, the overuse and inappropriate use of both antibiotics and antimalarial drugs has been observed. This poses a threat to the financial situation of this rural hospital. The problem is known, but behavioral change is challenging.

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Submit your abstracts for ECCMID 2022

The 31st European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), will take place in Vienna, Austria from 9 – 12 July 2021. Abstracts can be submitted from 11 January to 24 February 2021.

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Global-PPS updates real-time feedback reports

Over the past few months, the Global-PPS team has been busy updating the real-time feedback report. They now also provide insight into prevalence’s for the different antibiotic subgroups, healthcare-associated infections and use of invasive devices and the novel WHO AWaRE classification.

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Global-PPS at ECCMID 2021

At the 31st edition of ECCMID, Global-PPS participants from Nigeria, Belgium, the Philippines, Cote d’Ivoire, and Iran will present seven abstracts making use of the Global Point Prevalence Survey of Antimicrobial Consumption and Resistance.

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