The Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED) funded a four-country collaboration between Malawi, Mozambique, Norway and South Africa, fostering north-south and south-south partnerships.  The project has an overarching aim of human capital and research development in a global health priority – the optimal management of infections in the context of antimicrobial stewardship and conservation – by conducting research and generating evidence on the nature and extent of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) to inform  context-specific interventions for its containment in the One Health Approach.  

The participating Universities were:

Instituto Superior de Ciências de Saúde, Mozambique

University of Malawi

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University of Tromso the Arctic University of Norway

University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

  1. The project was designed in three phases:
  2. Situational analysis on AMR and antimicrobial stewardship in a One Health perspective,
  3. Curriculum development on AMR, antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) and infection prevention and control (IPC), and,
  4. Human capital development through recruitment of a gender-balanced interdisciplinary cohort of Masters and PhD students exposed to team and cohort supervision, together with mentorship of supervisors, academic, administrative and technical staff. 

The project:

  1. Strengthened research, curriculum development and pedagogical skills among African academics and health care professionals in AMR, AMS and IPC through the design and implementation postgraduate training programmes;
  2. Launched an online coursework Masters programme in Antibiotic Stewardship and Conservation, the curriculum of which was informed by the situational analysis;
  3. Established an e-teaching and learning information technology platform at the participating Universities and a reference laboratory for AMR;
  4. Advanced human capital development through the recruitment of a gender-balanced interdisciplinary cohort of Masters and PhD students exposed to team and cohort supervision, together with the mentorship of supervisors, academic, administrative and technical staff;
  5. Generated evidence on the nature and extent of AMR that informed the design of country-specific interventions for its containment in the One Health Approach; and,
  6. Yielded a critical mass of Masters and PhD credentialed faculty and healthcare professionals able to support rational AMR-related health, veterinary and environmental services and conduct country-prioritized research on AMR and AMS to inform policy and practice in the One Health approach.

The project additionally:

  • Facilitated compliance with international policies and commitments such as the United Nations Political Declaration on AMR, the Global Action Plan on AMR and the International Health Regulations;
  • Established research priorities for the prevention and containment of AMR, thereby informing national health research strategies/plans;
  • Advanced formal collaboration and mobilization of Ministries around a common goal on AMR containment (as opposed to silo functioning); and,
  • Highlighted the asset of a strong south partner that understood the African health and higher education contexts.

This Conference will highlight the research conducted over the period of the project in addition to exploring the unique African face of AMR and AMS in the One Health approach more broadly.

We look forward to welcoming you to Durban, South Africa and we encourage you to submit your abstract by 30 June 2019.