Antimicrobial Resistance Global Health Academy

Diagnostics and the microbiology laboratory play a critical role in the fight against AMR – to guide patient management, provide data for surveillance to better understand resistance trends, and support research of new antimicrobials and vaccines.

The AMR Global Health Academy is a virtual community where healthcare professionals can access free, open access, online quality educational materials and informative resources for professional development. The academy has been established as an educational initiative for the advancement of the global AMR response and provides global health professionals and AMR stewards in low- and middle-income countries a curriculum to support their professional development. To date, our learning community includes more than 4,000 learners from > 139 countries, with materials made available in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese, as much as possible.

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OBJECTIVES

Raising Awareness of the Global AMR Crisis

To promote awareness of the global Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) crisis and the critical need for AMR testing in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). By increasing understanding of the severity and impact of AMR, we aim to mobilize global efforts and resources towards combating this pressing health threat.

Continuing Professional Development in AMR Diagnostics

To provide healthcare professionals with continuing professional development focused on diagnostics for AMR. This includes offering training programs, workshops, and educational resources that equip medical practitioners with the latest knowledge and skills to effectively diagnose and manage AMR cases.

Strengthening the AMR Network in the Healthcare Community

To build a stronger AMR network within the healthcare community and across health facilities, facilitating the sharing of best practices, research findings, and effective strategies. This collaborative approach aims to enhance the collective response to AMR and improve patient outcomes globally.

Advocating for Policy and Funding Support

To advocate for increased policy and funding support for AMR initiatives. This involves engaging with policymakers, stakeholders, and funding bodies to secure the necessary resources and legislative backing needed to sustain and expand AMR research, diagnostics, and treatment programs.

TARGET AUDIENCE

The Academy promotes connections across regions and sectors with access to the growing AMR broader community. E.g. healthcare professionals (laboratory, nurses, clinicians, healthcare workers, pharmacists, researchers), policy makers, key stakeholders, industry, etc.

ACTIVITIES

  • Educational courses of different levels to support best practices
  • Case studies relevant to LMICs to strengthen problem solving
  • Journal club to review publications of interest
  • Innovative technology showcase through a Health Technology Coalition webinar series
  • Shared country lessons learned for more efficient and effective strategies
  • Learning community for healthcare professionals

SCIENTIFIC ADVISORS

The AMR Global Health Academy Scientific Advisors represent global and local academic faculty and professionals that advise on relevant and innovative curricula – e.g. microbiology laboratory techniques, AMR surveillance, research, etc.

  • Dr Yewande Alimi
    One Health Unit Lead, Africa CDC Addis Ababa,                                                                 Ethiopia
  • Dr Sayantan Banerjee
    All India Institute of Medical Sciences Kalyani
    Kalyanilisten, India
  • Prof Yap Boum II
    Director, Institut Pasteur de Bangui
    Central Africa Republic
  • Dr Tom Chiller
    Chief, Mycotic Diseases Branch, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Atlanta, US
  • Dr Charles K. Cooper
    EVP & Chief Medical Officer, bioMérieux
    Baltimore, Maryland, US
  • Prof David Heymann
    London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
    London, UK
  • Dr Elizabeth Menezes
    President, Brazilian Society of Clinical Analysis (SBAC)
    Brazil
  • Dr Mark Miller
    Clinical, Research, and Diagnostics Expert on AMR
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Dr Amadou Sall
    Director, Institut Pasteur de Dakar
    Dakar, Senegal
  • Prof Yik-Ying (YY) Teo
    Dean, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
    National University of Singapore
    Singapore

CERTIFICATES

The Global Health Continuing Professional program provides certificates of completion for each of its courses and has partnered with numerous academic institutions and professional organizations who have endorsed courses and may provide their own recognition for professional development. You will see these partner logos on the GHCPD certificate you receive.

ACADEMY CURRICULUM

Below are descriptions and links to each course housed on the Global Health Continuing Professional Development (GHCPD) educational platform. GHCPD is free and all materials are downloadable.

Support for this initiative has been provided through an unrestricted educational grant from bioMérieux.

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