We are delighted to announce the launch of the ICAN Antimicrobial Stewardship Education Initiative.

This collaborative initiative will allow you, our members, to contribute to and influence the development of a curriculum framework for antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) training in African healthcare facilities. In turn this framework will support the development and implementation of interventions that will increase appropriate antimicrobial prescribing, improve patient safety and patient outcomes and reduce antimicrobial resistance (AMR) rates.

This important initiative is being developed with the support and collaboration of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC), who recently launched the Massive Open Online Course on Antimicrobial Stewardship in partnership with the University of Dundee.

Achieving our goal
We are inviting members of ICAN and their colleagues across Africa, to assist us in gathering the data and insight needed to inform the development of an educational framework / curriculum for antimicrobial stewardship through quantitative and qualitative surveys.

The first step will be the completion of an online survey that will look at current existing AMS training, what excellence in practice we can learn from and where we need to increase support and training. The online survey is entirely anonymous and no individuals or healthcare facilities will be identifiable. In parallel a smaller series of interviews with individuals across the regions will be conducted to gather qualitative data to support the data collected via the online survey.

Our outputs
This first activity under our initiative will lead to the production of a project report with recommendations on next steps, which will be presented at the 6th ICAN Congress, 26-28 September, Johannesburg. In addition we plan to publish a leading article that will reference the results in a peer review journal.

Get involved
Please complete the survey by clicking here

This survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and will be open from Friday 1 July to Friday 12 August 2016

You can forward copies of the link to colleagues in Africa so that we can secure as wider involvement from our infection healthcare community as possible.

All survey participants will be eligible for entry into a prize draw for a year’s free membership of ICAN!