Thanks Neil for showcasing this citation.
Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) remains a key strategy for LMICs to promote rational use of antimicrobials and importantly, preventing the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). In Zambia, AMS is gaining prominence. It is interesting to note that this evidence by Kalungia and colleagues was timely to not only demonstrate the knowledge gaps but also the need for appropriate, context-specific educational interventions in Zambia.
Am glad to see that this, and other related pieces of evidence on the subject, contributed to collaborative partnerships and initiatives aimed at mainstreaming AMS and infection prevention control (IPC) in healthcare settings, including training of the health workforce in Zambia. Some of these collaborative projects such as the Commonwealth Partnerships of Antimicrobial Stewardship (CwPAMS) (https://commonwealthpharmacy.org/commonwealth-partnerships-for-antimicro... ) have been initiated and ongoing at the University Teaching Hospitals in Lusaka, Zambia.
It will be good to scale up and evaluate the impact of educational interventions in this, and other settings experiencing similar knowledge gaps among the health workforce.
HIFA-Zambia profile: Aubrey Chichonyi Kalungia started his career as Pharmacist in the Ministry of Health Zambia and served at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka for two years before taking up specialization in Pharmacology and Global Health. He holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from University of Zambia, School of Medicine), a Masters degree in Pharmacology (University of Oxford, UK) and reading for a Masters degree in Global Health Science (University of Oxford, UK) as a Rhodes Scholar. His interests are in pharmacological drug research, clinical trials, pharmaceutical policy, global access to healthcare, maternal and child health, and tropical disease research.Â chichokalungia AT gmail.com