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World Antimicrobial Awareness Week activities in Fiji, Kiribati and Solomon Islands – November 2020

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) is held each November. The aims are to increase awareness of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) among healthcare workers, policy makers and the general public, and to encourage people across the globe to play their part in preserving antibiotics for the future.

Many Pacific Island Countries have participated in WAAW since the World Health Organization (WHO) first promoted it in 2015. This year, Therapeutic Guidelines collaborated with Ministries of Health in Fiji, Kiribati and Solomon Islands to support some of their WAAW activities.

In Solomon Islands, pamphlets were distributed across the country with information written in Solomon Islands Pidgin explaining what antibiotics are, why antibiotics don’t work for colds and flu, and what to do to manage symptoms.

The pharmacy and health promotion teams in Kiribati worked with the local radio station to play messages about antibiotics and appropriate antibiotic use. Each day, people could call in to the radio to test their knowledge about antibiotics. Posters and pamphlets about antibiotic resistance were also circulated at hospitals and health centres.

In Fiji, a handy 2021 calendar with messages about antibiotic resistance, advice on appropriate use of antibiotics and how good hygiene and vaccinations can prevent infections was included with the Saturday newspaper. For health practitioners, a poster containing surgical antibiotic prophylaxis recommendations from their antibiotic guidelines was developed and distributed to surgical wards and operating theatres across Fiji.

These activities were led by local pharmacists who understand the health threat posed by antibiotic resistance and the best ways to reach people in their communities, and were supported by funding from Therapeutic Guidelines International Program.

            

Vanuatu Guideline Host app launched – September 2020

A new Guideline Host app was launched for Vanuatu earlier this month. Similar to Guideline Host apps in Fiji and Solomon Islands, Vanuatu Guideline Host contains locally developed guidelines, making it quicker and easier for health practitioners to access the information they need at the point of care.

All resources on the app have been endorsed by the National Ministry of Health. These include the Vanuatu Essential Drug List, Health Workers Manual, COVID-19 protocols and Guidelines for Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Newborn Care.

In the first two weeks, over 100 Ni-Vanuatu health practitioners have already downloaded the app and found it useful in the care of their patients.

The app is free to download onto Android or Apple devices and, once downloaded, works completely offline. The development of Vanuatu Guideline Host was funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

    

Visiting editor from Moldova – January 2020

In October 2019 TGL hosted Dr Natalia Cebotarenco from Moldova to participate in a two week observership at our Melbourne office. This provided an opportunity for Dr Cebotarenco to learn about the TGL guideline production process, observe an expert group meeting in action and visit other local organisations working in the quality use of medicines field. TGL staff were also interested to learn about the health system in Moldova.

On her return to Moldova, Dr Cebotarenco plans to disseminate what she learnt during her time at TGL with colleagues in her region through a Russian-language quality use of medicines newsletter. She hopes to raise awareness of the importance of strong quality assurance processes and conflict of interest policies in guideline development, and to build support for better guidelines in the region.

For more information on TGL’s Visiting Editor Program see here and here.