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Zambia

APUA was launched on 17th January 2004 and was officially opened by the Director General of the Central Board of Health, Dr. Ben Chirwa, with a key note address given by the WHO country representative, Dr. Stella Anyangwe. An electronic database for members has been created.

SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS AND WORKSHOPS

  • At the National Promotion of Rational Use of Drugs workshop by the Ministry of Health-Zambia in Siavonga, the APUA-Zambia presented the results of a study of antibiotic prescribing in Zambian hospitals and field visits to learn about drug use practices.
  • Presentations about antibiotic resistance in TB, malaria, cholera, dysentery and meningitis were given during the following meetings:
    a. Pharmacy awareness week,
    b. Private practitioners and
    c. Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) working group in collaboration with the Ministry of Health-Zambia call for Action conference meetings with different fora APUA

Monthly meetings with participation from various health professions and the general public, policy makers and professionals are held in collaboration with various partners and research groups. The topics discussed during the year include: TB, malaria, cholera, dysentery, meningitis and the Integrated Management of Childhood Diseases strategy, as they relate to antibiotic resistance.

CHALLENGES

AMR containment is a new agenda and many people do not appreciate its importance, despite the potential for a catastrophe. Therefore, it may take a long time to build awareness among the general population.

APUA INTERNATIONAL

A mini-grant of $2,000 has been awarded by APUA International to conduct a study "An Analysis of Antibiotic Use Indicators in National Care Health Facilities and Pharmacies Operating in the city of Lusaka, Zambia”. The project is ongoing and is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2005. An AMR trainer is expected to visit the Zambia Chapter in early September to conduct training in ‘Basic Research Methodology.’

Dr. Anibal Sosa visited Zambia in February 2005 to implement a country level AMR advocacy and containment program in Zambia where he met with a number of key stakeholders.

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