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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.

Fiji Antibiotic Guidelines – January 2020

The review of the Fiji Antibiotic Guidelines began in 2017 led by local physician and antimicrobial stewardship champion, Dr Ravi Naidu, with the support of two Melbourne-based ID physicians who work with the Fiji National University.

In 2019, Therapeutic Guidelines was able to assist with the finalising the guidelines with funding from the World Health Organization. The guidelines have been adapted from Therapeutic Guidelines: Antibiotic to be relevant for the Fiji setting. TGL was able to provide editorial support for the guidelines and provided recommendations for the National Medicines and Therapeutics Committee on changes to antimicrobials included in the Fiji Essential Medicines List.

The guidelines are the culmination of the hard work of many individuals with over 40 people from the Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical services, Fiji National University, representatives from the private health sector in Fiji and TGL contributing their time and expertise to the project. The guidelines were officially launched in World Antibiotic Awareness Week with a series of workshops to assist with their implementation. The updated guidelines are a key tool to strengthen antimicrobial stewardship in Fiji and are available for health practitioners on the Fiji Guideline Host app.

For more information on how the TGL International Program supports guideline development, please contact [email protected].