PSMO-09 - Global impact, local solutions: Pharmacists tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in low-resource settings

Ballroom East
Organised by FIP Commission on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)


Dr Yvonne Esseku, Ghana College of Pharmacists, Ghana


This session will highlight pharmacist-led antimicrobial stewardship initiatives in resource-limited settings aimed at tackling antimicrobial resistance. It will outline key programmes in LMICs, including the Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewardship and the Surveillance and Prescribing Support for Antimicrobial Stewardship Resource Capability Building initiatives currently running in Africa and Asia. The pharmacy capacity and capability built through these programmes will also be demonstrated, showcasing progress and impact over the past three years. Participants will be alerted to key challenges, barriers, facilitators, and lessons learnt, empowering them to apply this knowledge and experiences into their own settings. 



13:00 – 13:15

⁠Introduction by the chair

13:15 – 13:35 Case Study 1: Prescribing companion app and its use in practice for antimicrobial stewardship
Mrs Mary Kisima, Commonwealth Pharmacists Association, Tanzania
Mr Felix Kaminyoghe, Leaders from the CwPAMS and SPARC programmes in Africa, Malawi
13:35 – 13:55

Case Study 2: Determinants and solutions for inappropriate antibiotic use in Sri Lanka
Dr Shukry Zawahir, The University of Sydney, Australia

13:55 – 14:15 ⁠Panel discussion
14:15 – 14:30 Q&A and closing

Learning objectives

  • To understand the importance of international partnerships and pharmacists’ role in the team to tackle Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).
  • To understand the impact of pharmacist led-antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) initiatives to support the delivery of AMR action plans.
  • To understand the application of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) tools and resources in low and middle income countries (LMIC) settings (enabling the showcasing of CPA Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)/AMS resources). 


  • Various Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) & Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) interventions are implemented with or without international partnerships in low resource settings.
  • Identifying impactful, successful and challenging aspects of real-life implementation to combat AMR can vary in practice within low and middle income countries (LMCs).
  • IT solutions such as mobile apps can support antimicrobial stewardship interventions in low resource settings.