The School of Pharmacy, University of Nairobi in collaboration with USAID’s Medicines, Technologies, and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS) program have developed a pre-service antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) course. The aim of the course is to build the capacity of students with knowledge, skills, and attitudes to promote AMS. Implementation of AMS principles in healthcare and community settings is known to lead to:
- Better patient outcomes as a result of reduced infection rates (including surgical site infections) and reduced morbidity and mortality.
- Improved patient safety and minimised unintended consequences of antimicrobial use, such as readmissions and adverse drug reactions.
- Reduced antimicrobial resistance through prudent use of antimicrobials.
- Reduced health care costs without adversely impacting the quality of care.