Antimicrobial Stewardship Project: Sponsored by
With the ever-increasing need to improve awareness and understanding of antimicrobial
resistance in health care providers, CFID engaged in an antimicrobial stewardship program in January 2020. This program was focused on educating health care providers in Taraba and Adamawa State, Nigeria on safe antimicrobial use and practices.
To adequately achieve the aim of this project, we contracted the Technical support of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), FCT Abuja, Nigeria. The NCDC selected and deployed Facilitators/Consultants for the Trainings, and provided AMR/AMS Training Modules and printed copies of AMR Educational materials, which were distributed to participants during the training. From the 21st – 29th of January, we organized a training session in Jalingo the capital of Taraba
State and Yola the capital of Adamawa state for health care providers who were assigned to become trainers. At the end of this trainers training, we successfully trained 42 healthcare workers in Jalingo and 33 in Yola. In Taraba State, the trained health workers were put in charge of four health facilities. Two of which were tertiary health institutions and two were secondary health institutions.
In Adamawa state, two tertiary institutions and a secondary institution were selected to pilot the antimicrobial stewardship program in the state. These institutions were overseen by trained health care providers.
To make the antimicrobial stewardship project more effective, we organized step-down training in 7 hospitals in Taraba and Adamawa state.
At the end of the step-down training, we had trained 88 doctors, 162 Nurses, 102 Medical
Laboratory workers, and 45 Pharmacists and Pharmacists Technicians across Federal Medical Centre Jalingo and Yola, Specialist Hospital, Jalingo and Yola, General Hospitals Zing and Numan, and 1 st Referral Hospital Sunkanni facilities.
We took a step further to conduct sensitization meetings in Jalingo, Taraba and Yola, Adamawa State, these sensitization meetings involved representatives from private medical laboratories, pharmaceutical and patent stores, private medical facilities operating in 5 and 3 local council areas of Taraba and Adamawa States respectively.
At the end of this sensitization for health workers, we were able to reach out to 68 persons working in the private health sector. We also conducted a one-day sensitization on AMR for 285 medical students of Taraba state College of Nursing and Midwifery, Jalingo.
By the end of the project in general, CFID was able to reach out to more health worker than initially intended. We also helped in increasing knowledge on antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial stewardship, and WHOs and Nigeria's AMR Strategic Plan of Action
among the trained health care providers.