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
Pharmacy awareness week,
Private practitioners and
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.
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.
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.
- Zambia leadership
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