Distance Learning Course in Antimicrobial Stewardship for Africa

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MAIN OBJECTIVES

  • To increase the basic knowledge needed to improve infection prevention and control (IPC) practices and the judicious use of antimicrobial agents amongst healthcare workers.
  • To improve management and use of antimicrobials (ATM) for prevalent infectious diseases at a hospital healthcare facility level.
  • To reduce ATM-related adverse events and contain the emergence and spread of bacterial resistance.
  • To encourage the formation of Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) teams made up of doctors and nurses.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS

Physicians, clinical pharmacists, clinical microbiologists and nurses from all African countries who are already involved in, or are interested in developing antimicrobial stewardship and IPC activities.

Preference will be given to members of ICAN but non-members may also apply.

You can apply for ICAN membership on the ICAN website (www.icanetwork.co.za) if you want to register for membership.

TEACHING TEAM

Coordinators:

  • Shaheen Mehtar, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Gabriel Levy Hara, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Faculty of Tutors :

  • Andreas Voss, The Netherlands
  • Linus Ndegwa, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Revathi Gunturu, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Eveline Wesangula, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Souha Kanj, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Peter Tenke, Budapest, Hungary
  • Erika Vlieghe, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Joost Hopman, The Netherlands

Informatics specialist:

  • Miguel Prigioniero, Buenos Aires, Argentina

THE COURSE

The BASIC ISC/ICAN training distance learning course will be entirely developed on line, using the moodle platform. Moodle platform can be easily used without sophisticated computer requirements (all updated programs, netbooks and notebooks can support i t).

There are two systems used for the training , each with its own dynamics:

  1. Five educational modules, which contain reading material and additional literature, will be presented consecutively over a period of three and a half months. Modules offer each participant the chance to learn and read at their own pace while following the course. Modules can be downloaded to avoid constant on-line access.
  2. Discussion forums are open spaces of exchange between all participants, teachers and students about the content addressed in the modules and the day to day experiences in the field in the different countries participating of the training. The students are encouraged to not only engage the tutors but also other students across the platform during the course.

CONTENTS OF THE MODULES

  • Module 1: Basic principles of Infection Prevention and Control
  • Module 2: Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Module 3: Health care associated pneumonia in general wards and ICU
  • Module 4: Health care associated infection of the Central Venous Catheter and urinary tract infections.
  • Module 5: Surgical site infections

CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCE

To approve the course, candidates should have participated in at least half of the different forums of discussions as well as achieve 60% of the final assessment which consists of a 30 multiple-choice questions. Certification will be awarded by ISC/ICAN for a total of 85 hours completed work.

DATES

Date of initiation: September 1st, 2014.
Date of finalization: December 15th, 2014.

THE COURSE IS FREE FOR ALL AFRICAN PARTICIPANTS!!!

REGISTRATION

    Name and Surname:
    Are you a member of ICAN?
    If yes, enter members number.

    City:
    Province:
    Country:
    Email Address:
    Profession: Physician
    Microbiologist
    Laboratory
    Pharmacist
    Nurse
    Medical
    Medical Speciality (if any):
    Work Institution (name):
    Public or Private Sector?
    Number of Acute Beds: