The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as one of the top ten global public health threats to humanity along with communicable diseases, air pollution and flu pandemic, among others. AMR occurs when the medicines used to treat microbes, like bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites, have weakened or are no longer effective. The medicines do not get weaker but the microbes develop resistance because of improper use of antimicrobials. The Department of Health (DOH) warned the public against the misuse and overuse of antimicrobials, including antibiotics, especially during the pandemic. DOH has also called on everyone to fight antimicrobial resistance.
This online course seeks to increase awareness on the impact of AMR on human health and communities and the prudent use of antimicrobials in hospitals by developing and implementing an effective Antimicrobial Stewardship Program.